Google Assistant Can Now Hail Your Lyft or Uber
Google today made it easy to hail a ride by asking Google Assistant. Moving forward, people can say, "Hey Google, book a ride to the airport" and the Assistant will display a list of available ride services, such as Uber, Lyft, Ola, Grab, GO-JEK, and others. Assistant will also surface estimated pricing and wait times, as well as ETAs for the end destination. People can request a specific ride share service in the voice command if they wish, such as, "Hey Google, book a Lyft to the airport." People seeking a ride will then be asked to confirm the booking on their phone. This feature is available via Assistant on Android phones, iPhones, the Google Home speaker family, and any other Assistant-enabled speaker. Ride hailing via Assistant is initially available in English and only in countries where ride sharing is supported. Google will add more languages over time.
HTC 10 Re-Focuses On the Camera and BoomSound
Apr 12, 2016
HTC today announced the 10, its flagship handset for 2016. This Android phone carries forward an aluminum design, for which HTC has become known, and makes big improvements to the camera, software, and other core features.
Google Lets Maps Users Book, Pay for Uber without Leaving Maps
Jan 12, 2017
Google today made it easier to hail rides from more car services within Google Maps. The new ride services mode now shows a map with a carousel of car providers that are nearby.
Google Adds Lyft and Gett to Google Maps
Sep 8, 2016
Google today boosted the number of ride-hailing services available within Google Maps to a total of nine. Moving forward, Lyft and Gett will display ride options in the U.S.
Google Search and Maps to Show Live Restaurant Wait Times
Nov 7, 2017
Google can now let you know just how long the wait will be at your favorite restaurant. Google is adding live wait times to Google Search and Google Maps.
Google Adds Ride-Hailing Estimates to Maps
Mar 15, 2016
Google Maps can now tell users how quickly a taxi or Uber might take to get them from Point A to Point B, as well as offer an estimate of fares. When people search for directions from their phone, Maps will display a dedicated tab with info on ride-hailing services, such as Uber.