The decision not to renew Uber’s licence to operate in London has given rival apps a boost, research suggests. In the 48 hours following the decision, Addison Lee, Gett and MyTaxi all saw a spike in downloads, according to analytics company App Annie. BBC News reports that all saw thousands more downloads than usual, despite Uber continuing to operate in London as usual while it appeals against the licence decision.
The rival apps remain dwarfed by Uber, which was still downloading the most. Figures from App Annie suggested that, when added together, downloads of the three apps were up at least 159 per cent compared with the same time the previous week. However, all three apps provide a different service to Uber.
MyTaxi told the BBC it had experienced a 250 per cent increase in downloads on that Friday and “enjoyed the highest week in the last few years for new paying customers using the service”.
Addison Lee told the BBC it had experienced a 180 per cent increase in downloads over the weekend following the announcement, compared with the previous weekend.
In a statement, Gett said: “Since last week, we’ve seen a huge jump in the number of orders - one day last week we did 125 per cent of our average ride volume.”