The popular ride-sharing app Uber has just received a significant update.

The app update is significant in that it adds support for push notifications. Specifically, it brings push notifications as replacement for text messages in delivering important updates about your trips. These include updates on Uber's rather controversial surge pricing.

“We know the whole reason you use Uber is that you’ve got places to go and people to see,” the Uber team says in a new blog post. “We’ll stay true to our pledge to get you the fastest ride available, and sometimes that will require surge pricing to get more drivers on the road. But at those times when your schedule is flexible, you can hold out for a ride that’s as affordable as it is reliable.”

And now, you can choose to be notified if surge pricing at your location is scheduled to end within 30 minutes using the newly updated Uber app's push-enabled Surge Drop feature. Surge Drop is expected to become available in most cities being served by Uber by the end of this week.

The latest update to Uber also adds support for PayPal as a payment option in the U.K. Uber first launched its PayPal integration in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands last November.

Also including localization improvements, the new version of Uber is available now in the App Store for free. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later.