Google Brings Waze Features to Google Maps for iOS and Android

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google announced in a blog post today that it is implementing some of Waze's features in the Google Maps applications for both iOS and Android. Beginning today (the update is rolling out gradually), users of both devices will be able to view real-time incident reports from Waze users, including accidents, construction zones, road closures and more.

    The rollout is currently limited to 13 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Mexico, and will rely on data from Waze's user base, which was reported in June to be nearing 50 million users.

    Users of Waze are not being left in the dark either, as Google will be gradually rolling out its powerful Search feature into both the web and mobile versions of the Waze service, which will allow for more accurate search results, including the ability to search for local businesses and specific addresses. The Waze Map Editor also features Google Street View after a public beta testing period, which should allow for more accurate maps and route planning.

    Waze began as an Israeli startup back in 2008 and was acquired by Google in June of this year for a reported $1.03 billion. It had been rumored that Apple was considering purchasing the company in order to improve its own mapping service, which suffered a number of teething problems since the start, but the deal reportedly fell through over differences in Waze's perceived valuation. Unlike other Google buyouts, such as that of Sparrow, the development of Waze is still active and there are currently no plans to merge the two products.

    Article Link: Google Brings Waze Features to Google Maps for iOS and Android
  2. dpear macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2013
    Now for what everyone really wants to know... will the Waze police reports show up in the Maps app too? ;)
  3. spacehog371 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2003
    I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess they aren't going to make the Police alerts visible to Google Maps users.

    Edit: Totally wrote my post before seeing yours, dpear.
  4. chardzard macrumors newbie


    Aug 9, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Will this be coming in the form of an app update? Or will these just start appearing in the existing version of the Google Maps app?
  5. jroadley macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    Norwich, UK
  6. BruiserB macrumors 68000

    Aug 9, 2008
    It's not really ad free now is it? I remember it telling me when I was close to a Taco Bell or Dunkin Donuts.
  7. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Yep, this is the main reason Waze gets opened every single time I get in my car, incredibly useful feature. Other good stuff too, like road hazards and the real time traffic flow. I haven't used google maps or apple maps in months and months.
  8. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Between the Waze info and the ads Google just added will anyone be able to actually see the map?
  9. otismotive77 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    apple wants to stay number 1, and that's why they're constantly updating nad improving their maps app
  10. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    The article says it will be rolling out as an update gradually today.
  11. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    Certainly hope there wont be any ads in Waze, but was also hoping some of the Google data about traffic congestion they currently gather would also makes its way to Waze, not solely Waze to Google as it appears.

    I realise they bought Waze to improve Google Maps, but honestly feel Waze is a better option for me. Quite active in improving roads too.
  12. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2012
    Okay, now merge the maps with Google's maps - Waze is a lot more precise for my country.
  13. 4TheLoveOfTech macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2013
    Exactly what does Apple want to stay "number 1" at?

    They aren't #1 in the mobile arena
    They aren't #1 in the desktop OS arena
    They aren't #1 in total apps in App Store

    They are #1 in a dying market of iPods and currently Profit in App Market profit.

    They are barely hanging on if they even are to a single vendor being number 1 with Samsung far exceeding Apple in sales in the last 3 quarters.

    What do you want Apple to stay #1 in?

    Wake up and read an article outside of an Apple Forum. The market is not what it was when the iPhone had no real competition and never will be again.
  14. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012

    Apple was never number one.
  15. ratsg macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2010
    How is it you aren't getting ads in waze?

    Are you still on an older version or something?

  16. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    That is one busy looking UI. I wish Google would just get rid of the green... it's unnecessary and clutters the interface.
  17. oddnendz macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    I actually I want to know is when Google will shut down Waze. Because I fear it is coming...
  18. JayJayAbels macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2012
    Bahahahahaha! Apple's still the best tech company out. Still #1.

    Salty much? :)
  19. 4TheLoveOfTech macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2013
    Apple makes the most profit (barely now with Samsung) than any other single vendor in the mobile arena.

    Microsoft makes the most profit of any Desktop OS. Does that make Microsoft #1 using your logic?

    What is "Bahahahahaha"? Is that the new Apple Fan signature?

  20. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I've got the update in Atlanta. I don't know why they didn't include the timestamp on the Waze events. That makes the feature borderline useless.
  21. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I'm pumped score l about this because I don't like Waze that much...
  22. Cartoonkid macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2009
    Sunny So Cal
    Same here. Waze is awesome everywhere I've needed it, but the in-map ads are annoying the hell out of me. If I want to know where Taco Bell is, I'll search for it (or just drive another 20 feet and find the next one).

    If Google bastardizes it much more, I'll drop Waze like a hot rock and start using any number of alternative GPS/map apps, including Apple's native map.
  23. ratsg macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2010
    I don't know if they will kill it off, rename it, or something worse. The advertisements are already pretty bad.

    I think that the real question, is what alternatives are their to Waze? In addition to the GPS, I like/use the traffic report and the police report. I never understood the social media tie-ins. I can't imagine a worse time to be in social media then when I am driving down the road.

  24. Bill Killer macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2011
    Google is so far ahead in the Maps department that it barely qualifies as a real competition.
  25. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    The ads only pop up when you're stopped.

    I greatly enjoy Waze and get a lot out of it. A Taco Bell or Home Depot ad when I'm at a stoplight is well worth the price I paid for the app....which is nothing.

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