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Uber's making it easy to request rides from other apps

The car service is giving developers access to its Ride Request Button.

With the introduction of the Uber API last year, the ridesharing company began opening its platform to third-party services. Today, Uber's expanding on that goal by launching the Ride Request Button, a feature developers can easily integrate into their iOS and Android apps. Uber explains that, with a few lines of codes, devs can add this button next to an address or another "intent to ride" area in an application, which users could then tap to call for a car pick-up. It's worth noting that Uber competitor Lyft started doing something similar recently, letting people request rides directly from Slack, the popular productivity-focused app.