Facebook has announced that its Messenger service has joined forces with cab-hailing app Uber to form its first transport offering.
That's right, Messenger users will now be able to call a taxi from within the Messenger app – meaning they can arrange their transport without having to interrupt their conversation.
They can do this either by clicking on the car icon or, if the address they need to go to has been sent through Messenger, simply by clicking on that address. Once the taxi's been ordered, users will be able to see live updates on its progress, and even pay their fare through the app.
Plus, there's no need to download Uber separately if you don't have it already – you can quickly sign up to the service through Messenger.
At the moment, this joint venture is only available in the US – and even then only to a selection of customers, who can enjoy their first ride for free, provided it comes to no more than $20.
"With the ability to request, view, and pay for an Uber ride in Messenger, taking your next ride is as simple as sending a message (or an animated GIF). Uber on Messenger will start rolling out in the US today, with more to come soon. We’re excited to continue working with Facebook to find more ways to bring people together — and bring even more of the Uber experience to Messenger," Uber commented on its blog.
Facebook has stated that the service will be expanded to more regions in the future.
This isn't the only recent expansion of Messenger's services. Last month, it was revealed that the app would now feature stickers, which have been growing in popularity among instant messaging users.
The service will be partnering with PicoCandy to sell special sticker packs, giving users more choice over the stickers they use when chatting to friends.