More people still download Uber’s app than Lyft’s, but Lyft is gaining on the ride-sharing giant.
For the first five months of this year, Uber apps were downloaded 70 percent more frequently in U.S. app stores than Lyft, according to new data from app-measurement company App Annie. That’s down from a 165 percent difference for the same time period last year, and 255 percent in 2015.
Uber, whose CEO, Travis Kalanick, recently resigned, has been embroiled in a number of scandals — including rampant sexism, accessing a rape victim’s medical records, and a lawsuit about stealing proprietary technology from Alphabet — resulting in a slew of bad press this year.
And a #DeleteUber campaign in response to the company’s reaction to Trump’s immigration ban had real effects on downloads, briefly making Lyft the most popular timeshare download.