Uber Ride Packages With Flat Fares Start Rolling Out in 7 Cities Across India

Uber Ride Packages With Flat Fares Start Rolling Out in 7 Cities Across India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Uber Ride Packages is an evolution of UberPASS
  • The product is designed to offer flat-fare ride passes
  • Uber’s competitor Ola also developed a similar offering

To make daily commutes cheaper, Uber has launched Ride Packages in India. The latest feature that brings flat-fare ride passes to riders is initially rolling out for select riders in seven cities across the country. While riders in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, and Kolkata can avail the flat fares on their UberGO and UberPREMIER rides, Chennai riders with the ride passes can only opt for UberGO rides. Each flat fare ride pass comes with a validity of up to 28 days and has a certain trip limit. Recently Uber’s closest competitor and one of the leading cab aggregators in the country, Ola, was also spotted with a similar feature that it called Ola Pass.

An Uber spokesperson divulged that the Ride Packages is an evolution of the UberPASS that was launched as a pilot in select riders in June last year. “We are always thinking of new ways to enhance the Uber experience for our riders. UberPASS was one such product that was launched as a pilot in select cities. It helped us better understand our riders’ needs and as a result, Uber recently rolled out a more enhanced product called Ride Packages,” the company said in a statement to Gadgets 360.

The prime aim of offering Ride Packages is to make rides more affordable than before. “Ride Packages is designed to address riders daily commute needs, making rides even more affordable,” the spokesperson said. It was first tested on UberGO riders in Bengaluru late last year.uber ride pass 050418 190431 5240 Uber Ride Pass  Uber

It is worth noting here that the Uber Ride Packages is not yet available for all users. However, we spotted its presence in Delhi and Mumbai. In the Mumbai region, riders can get flat fare UberGO rides at Rs. 199 and UberPREMIER rides at Rs. 159. The riders in the Delhi region, on the other hand, are offered with UberGO rides at Rs. 129, while UberPREMIER rides are available at a charge identical to what is available in Mumbai, which is Rs. 159. Initially, Paytm is the only payment option for the passes opted under the Ride Packages.

There is a Ride Pass menu option in the Uber app that provides access to flat fare ride passes. Once a pass is purchased, it will not be changed with another pass or refunded. The Help section on the Uber app confirms that if the total ride fare is less than the flat fare offered through one of the available passes, the company will charge you the minimum of the two amounts. Likewise, if the total fare is greater than the flat fare but less than the maximum cap, only the flat fare amount will be charged.

As per the FAQ seen in the app, Uber may charge wait time charges in addition to the flat fare amount. Also, we noticed surge pricing will still be applicable despite purchasing the flat-fare ride passes. We’ve reached out for more information on this front.

Similar to Uber Ride Packages, Ola last month started rolling out the Ola Pass subscription to offer flat fares in the country. Ola’s feature is listed as available for a select number of Ola Micro, Mini, and Prime rides and is available in a handful of cities, including Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Mumbai. Unlike Uber, Ola doesn’t apply peak pricing – its terminology for surge pricing – on Ola Pass flat fares. However, Ola has distance limits to the flat fares, from 5km to 20km, which Uber’s Ride Packages do not have.

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Google confirms it’s rolling out new reviews format for hotels

Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that it is now rolling out a new user interface and feature set around local reviews for hotels. Earlier this month, we saw Google begin testing new hotel reviews features, and now Google has begun to roll them out. Sergey Alakov was the first to notice these beginning to roll out.

A Google spokesperson confirmed this with us just now and said in a statement:

Google is continually improving the information shown to people to help them make decisions about where to go. When people are searching for a hotel to stay at, we want to ensure we make it easy for people to find useful and relevant web reviews about that place to help them make informed decisions.

The new hotel reviews interface added some core features. Here are a few:

  • Third-party reviews show in a carousel for some of the listings.
  • The review overview section has a more robust interface showing stronger colors and reviews also by attribute.
  • The detailed review section will show a graphical user interface based on type of travel.

Here are some screen shots we are able to see now of the new interface:

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Google Search App’s Revamped Carousel UI for Recipes Now Rolling Out

Google Search App's Revamped Carousel UI for Recipes Now Rolling Out

Google Search App’s Revamped Carousel UI for Recipes Now Rolling Out
HIGHLIGHTS
Update UI was first spotted in December
Larger, detailed cards will be shown for step-by-step instructions
New Search interface is also meant to help you discover new recipes
Back in December, it had been spotted that Google was tweaking its search interface to offer users a more refined way to look up recipes. The company is now officially rolling out the update that is sure to give culinary enthusiasts a lot more to cook up.

As and when the new update is made available, Google Search (aka Google app) users will now find advanced suggestions when looking up a particular recipe. A carousal of tappable suggestions will be seen below the search box, offering different versions of the same recipe. So, say you’re looking up chicken wings recipe, hitting the search will then bring up options like ‘honey’, ‘buffalo’, ‘fried chicken’ and more to please chicken wings lovers of all kinds.

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Once you select a particular flavour, you’ll see recipes related to your choice from a number of popular sources with bigger cards that add more information with step-by-step instructions, according to Google’s blog post.
In addition to this, the new Search interface is also meant to help you discover new recipes that you wouldn’t otherwise have known about. All of this without having to leave your Google Search page, which is what Google has been aiming for in recent months.

In September, Google was reportedly testing a new interface to make shopping for specific outfits and home décor options easier without having to switch to a different website to purchase.

The new advanced recipe feature is currently being rolled out for Google’s mobile app with no word yet on when the feature will roll out for desktops.

Tags: Google, Google Search, Internet, Apps, Mobile, Google Search Update

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Instagram Stories Live Video Feature Rolling Out to Users Worldwide: Here’s How it Works

Instagram Stories Live Video Feature Rolling Out to Users Worldwide: Here's How it Works

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It will work for users with Instagram version 10 and above
  • The live video feature shows up in Stories
  • It has been rolled out to users globally

After releasing it in November and making it available only to users in the US, Instagram has now introduced live broadcasting on Instagram Stories for users worldwide. The Live video feature will work in the same way as Facebook Live, and will allow users to go live for its followers to see real-time feed via the social app.

Live video on Instagram Stories is rolling out globally for all users with version 10.0 and above across platforms. The new Live button shows up on Instagram Stories, which appears when you swipe right on the home page. The Live Button now sits at the extreme left in Instagram Stories section, followed by the Normal, Boomerang, and Hands-free mode. Hit the Start live video button and the app will start looking for a proper connection. Once it is satisfied with the connectivity, a countdown starts to warn you to get ready for the live video. As the live video starts, followers are notified of the development so that they could come and watch the live broadcast. The number of people watching your live video is also shown on the screen.

Unlike Facebook, the live video does not get saved on Instagram, and disappears as soon as you finish with the broadcast. There’s also an option to comment on the live video, and the user can even pin it to the top for everyone to see. The user can alternatively even disable comments if need be. You can switch cameras from rear to front mid-recording, and can even see the time since you started recording by tapping on the Live button on the top-left edge.

Instagram has also added a new section in Explore called ‘Top Live’ that shows you all the people that are live currently with the most popular ones getting the top spot.

Tags: Instagram, Instagram Stories, Apps, Android, Apple, Social, Instagram Live Video
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