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SAN FRANCISCO – Uber introduces new smartphone application in a bid to speed up and improve the ride-sharing experience.

The update is the first major overhaul for the popular application since 2012 and aims to simplify usage for a service that has added new travel options such as uberPool to share rides among several travelers.

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“We rebuilt a faster, smarter rider app completely from the ground up,” Uber product manager Yuhki Yamashita said in a blog post.

After telling the app their destination, users can choose between uberX, UberBlack, and uberPool with estimated travel times provided as well as cost comparisons.

The overhauled app also synchronizes with other services, such as Pandora for streaming music, Yelp for business reviews, and transit schedules to catch trains or buses.