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Waze now available in the Windows Phone Store

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Its been a long wait, but the leading crowd-sources GPS navigation app, Waze, is now available in the Windows Phone Store.

For navigation the app offers a daytime/ night time mode, the ability to avoid toll roads, fastest/shortest routing, a speedometer and more.

wazeqrMost importantly the user is able to report issues such as speed cameras on the road or leave location-based comments.  You can report a traffic jam (moderate/heavy/standstill), alert for police, report an accident (minor/major), hazards (on the road, shoulder, weather) and cameras (speed, red light, fake). For all but the camera’s you can attach a picture. You can also see the location of other Waze users.

The app joins only one other Google-sources app in the Windows Phone Store, and its eventual release does come as somewhat as a surprise.

Find it in the Windows Phone Store here.

Google’s Waze for Windows Phone app still in development

Waze is a venerable social mapping platform, and until its acquisition by Google was in the process of developing a Windows Phone app.

This extended to rolling out a private beta program, and now WindowsPhoneItaly report this beta program has in fact continued, and is nearing its conclusion.

With the tensions between Google and Microsoft there is no guarantee that they app will in fact reach the market, but so far it appears that it remains on track.

The Waze app has more than 40 million users, who contribute mapping data, traffic conditions information, and even where the local speed cameras are.  Hopefully the app will in fact managed to navigate its way around Google’s roadblock and turn up in the Windows Phone Store after all.

Via WindowsPhoneItaly.com

Google’s Waze purchase may face FTC antitrust probe

Google has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it has been contacted by the FTC about its $1 billion purchase of Waze social GPS Navigation service.

Google, who already has an impressive navigation platform itself, is said to have purchased the Israeli company to keep it out of the hands of Facebook and Apple.

The effect of Google’s purchase may be most keenly felt by Windows Phone users, who have been traditionally underserved by Google, and who may lose access to the Waze app which is currently in beta for Windows Phone.

Waze currently has 50 million users worldwide, and their maps famously use crowd-sourced data which allows users to contribute information such road obstructions or the location of speed cameras.

Google has however so far generally escaped with a slap on the wrist at most for most of their anti-competitive and sometimes illegal behaviour and expectations are not high that the FTC will act differently on this occasion.

Via TNW

Some more details about the Windows Phone Waze beta

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xm7GKzmWe know Google now owns Waze, but the app and service still remains the best social mapping service in the world, and it seems the app is still heading to Windows Phone, with the closed beta progressing well.

Reader MS is part of the beta, and shared some information about the app on Windows Phone.

He notes the team has made some effort to make the app Metro and fit in with the Windows Phone user interface. The app allows users to search addresses, points of interest, and will provide information such as gas prices from various sources such as Google and Bing.

For navigation the app offers a daytime/ night time mode, the ability to avoid toll roads, fastest/shortest routing, a speedometer and more.

Most importantly the user is able to report issues such as speed cameras on the road or leave location-based comments.  You can report a traffic jam (moderate/heavy/standstill), alert for police, report an accident (minor/major), hazards (on the road, shoulder, weather) and cameras (speed, red light, fake). For all but the camera’s you can attach a picture. You can also see the location of other Waze users.

Our informant notes the app is good, but that Nokia Maps still offers a better user interface.

See more screen shots after the break.

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Google’s purchase of Waze raises all kinds of questions

Google has made their purchase of Waze, the crowd-sourced GPS navigation app, official.

The company with 28 million users reportedly went for $1.03 billion dollars, in what many characterize as a defensive move to keep Waze out of the hands of Facebook, Apple and Nokia.

"Google is not leaving it on the plate for Apple or Facebook to buy,"said Carolina Milanesi, a consumer technology analyst at Gartner.  "They’re staying ahead of the game and being able to continue to be the leader in the maps space."

In line with this motivation, it seems Google will continue to let Waze function as a stand-alone division.

“Nothing practical will change here at Waze,” said Waze CEO Noam Bardin. “We will maintain our community, brand, service and organization – the community hierarchy, responsibilities and processes will remain the same. The same Waze people will continue to collaborate with you, and we will continue to innovate our product and services, making them more social, functional and helpful for everyday drivers. Our employees, managers, founders and I are all committed to our vision for many years to come.”

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Waze sneaks into the Windows Phone store, but you cant get it yet

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The Waze app is now in the Windows Phone Store, but unfortunately only as part of a closed beta, meaning you cant install it, even if you try.

The company recently called for beta testers for the app, and was likely flooded with responses.

The entry however does include one screen shot (above) which gives us an idea of the user interface, and the app description which reads:

Waze is a fun, community-based mapping, traffic & navigation app, 40 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone’s daily commute.

If this is the app you have been waiting for you all along can obsessively click the Install button here to be the first to get it once it does becomes available to all.

Thanks iseif for the tip.

Sign Up Now For the Waze Windows Phone 8 Beta App!

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Waze is a community-based mapping, traffic & navigation app with more that 40 million members which lets you to outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone’s daily commute. Since it is a open community based app, its community-generated maps and real-time traffic, you’ll get the best route to your destination.

The app actually had its start on Windows Mobile, but never made the jump to Windows Phone 7.

Now, after many years, they are finally working on a Windows Phone 8 app and they are looking for beta testers.

If you are interested, sign up at Waze here.

For those unfamiliar, see a video of how Waze works after the break.
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Waze recruiting Windows Phone users for app beta

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We posted a week ago that Waze was working on a Windows phone app, and now we have confirmation, directly from Waze.

On their support forum Waze’s regional director Perlin Agranat is recruiting Windows Phone users to test their crowd-sourced GPS navigation app.

They are only recruiting a small group who are prepared to use Waze daily and provide feedback, and it is of note that they do not specify Windows Phone 8 only, which may give hope to the large number of Windows Phone 7 users who are also looking forward to the app.

The first beta is expected in 2 weeks.

See the post at Waze here, which possibly may only be open to users in the Middle East.

Thanks Yarin for the tip.

Waze app coming to Windows Phone 8 soon

Waze_3.5_ScreenIsraeli site Calcalist reports Waze will soon be bringing their crowd-sourced GPS navigation app to Windows Phone 8.

The app is particularly important in Israel, as Nokia only added maps for the country recently, and these still suffer from issues, for example displaying place names the wrong way round. The Waze app is however popular world-wide due to features such as up to date traffic information.

Waze won the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, beating Dropbox, Flipboard and others.

Calcalist expect the app to launch in June this year. Waze declined to comment on the rumour.

Via Reddit.com

Microsoft accidentally reveals official Waze app

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imageExtremely sharp-eyed reader PaxTTel has spotted the icon for the Waze app, apparently on Windows Phone 7, on the recently released Microsoft Translator 2.0 video.

Waze is a free, community-base traffic & navigation app where maps are built using other drivers, who also contribute information such as traffic speed and best routes.

The service does not have a Windows Phone 7 app, but from the name and icon it appears an official version may be on the way.

Waze did in fact support Windows Mobile in the past, so it would be great to see them back on the platform. There have been doubt about Windows Phone 7 support, since Waze has said in the recent past that they did not wish to rewrite their C++ code to .Net, and would wait for Apollo before supporting the platform.

The video can be seen at Bing here.

Thanks PaxTTel and CruiseZero for the tip.

Homebrew Waze GPS Navigation client under development

Meir Tsvi has been quitely working on a home brew implementation of the Waze GPS navigation service for Windows Phone 7.

The service, which functions by creating user-submitted maps generated by user driving patterns and “the wisdom of the crowd”  has a Windows Mobile app, but no far no Windows Phone 7 client has been forthcoming.

Meir’s solution does not look too bad however, and can be tried for free now if you have an unlocked Windows Phone 7 handset.

Read more about the app at Meir’s website here.

Via WPCentral.com

Waze Update To V1.80

Getting yourself somewhere you are not familiar with is sometimes tricky, but what if you can do that, and not pay for it? This application has been reported on before, butimage it seemed about the right time to update on it, and give you the new download link.

Since I am sure many of you do not know what this application is, I should remind you. This is the most social GPS system you will ever use. It runs on user generated maps, and a GPS system that runs on what the other drivers say the conditions are of the road.

This new update was not truly explained as to what has changed, or what new features were added, but since its still in beta stage… I am taking this has some bug changes.

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Waze update features Holiday-Themed ‘Road Goodies’, Waze ‘Treasure Hunt Contest’, Foursquare Integration and Multiple Language Deployment

HolidayVersionNoUI Waze, the first free provider of driver-generated maps and real-time road information, today announced a new holiday version of its free navigation app to include holiday-themed ‘road goodies’, a treasure hunt contest, integration with foursquare, as well as multi-language support.

Waze recently added ‘road goodies’ – small icons worth bonus points – to the map in areas where the waze system has identified map problems. As users drive around to munch these ‘goodies’, the system analyzes the driver’s GPS data to automatically solve the identified problems, improving map quality, and therefore navigation, for all drivers in that area. The holiday version features wintery, new ‘road goodies’ including snowflakes, candy canes and small gift packages, scattered all over the map.

Waze’s holiday version also announces the ‘Holiday Treasure Hunt’, featuring treasure chests that, when driven over, have the potential to reward users with anything from bonus points to valuable real-world prizes. From December 17, 2009 to January 1, 2010, users, worldwide, should start looking for treasure chests along their daily commute for their chance to win. More details can be found on the waze blog.

Taking the gaming aspect of waze even further, this version also features an integration with Foursquare, a new location-based geo-gaming app with a lot of buzz. Users of both apps can now ‘check in’ to various locations on Foursquare via the waze client – a feature that’s sure to become very popular – and even earn a waze ‘roadwarrior’ badge.

In addition the elements mentioned above, waze’s holiday version also introduces a new capability allowing for quick translation and availability of waze in any language. The version includes Spanish and Italian support, both on the client interface as well as the audio navigation prompts. These translations were fully undertaken by waze community members, and any other users who’d like to help translate waze into their language are invited to the waze wiki (www.waze.com/wiki) for more information on how to do so.

“There’s a lot of fun to be had on waze this holiday season,” says Noam Bardin, waze’s CEO. “In addition to the holiday-themed ‘road goodies’ and treasure hunt contest, we’re very enthusiastic about our collaboration with Foursquare. Individually, waze and Fourquare are taking geo-gaming to the next level, and, combined together, we’re positive that our users will be able to experience both apps in exciting new ways.”