Uber has emerged as the world’s most popular ride hailing app claiming 108 countries where it dominates as the most used ride hailing service, new research from digital market intelligence firm, SimilarWeb, reveals.
Using Android app data from 171 countries, digital market intelligence firm SimilarWeb, analyzed the most popular taxi hailing apps across the world, based on both reach (percentage of installs) and the highest daily use in each of these countries. The methodology declared an app dominant where it was the most used taxi app in the country and where the app is installed on at least 1% on all Android devices in that country.
Of the 171 countries which met this threshold of installs, Uber was the world leader, claiming 108 territories against its ride hailing competitors, or 63% of the available territories.
Most notably on home soil, Uber is the most used taxi hailing app in the U.S, installed on 21.3% of all Android devices in the U.S. This is more than eight times that of its major competitor Lyft (2.59% of all U.S Android devices) while Lyft in contrast failed to dominate any countries
The map reveals that Uber’s dominance now stretches across the world from the U.S, UK, Brazil,and several countries in South and central America to Australia and New Zealand.
Careem and Grab take joint second spot in world
The joint second largest taxi-hailing app world player with six countries is the, far less well known, Dubai-based Careem, the most popular ride hailing app in Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Singapore-based Grab which is completing a major funding round to compete with Uber valuing it as high as $2.3billion claimed six countries in South East Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Other ride hailing apps picking up a number of countries for top app were Brazil’s Easy Taxi (five countries), South Korea’s Kakao (four), Russia’s Yandex (three) My Taxi (two countries) Taxify (two) and 30 separate countries had an independent ride hailing app against the main players.
SimilarWeb is a global cross-device market intelligence company used by 100,000s of businesses worldwide, including Google, eBay, and United Airlines, to discover, decide and deploy their digital strategy. SimilarWeb has raised $65 million to date.