Waze - GPS Navigation, Maps & Social Traffic
By Waze Inc.
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Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all.
Just by driving with Waze open, you're already contributing tons of real-time traffic information to your local community. You can also actively report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road. Get road alerts along your route and find the cheapest gas prices around you shared by the community. Plus, you can add friends, send locations or keep others posted on your arrival time.
- Live routing based on community driven, real-time traffic & road info
- Community reported alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures, and more
- Turn-by-turn voice guided navigation
- Live maps, consistently edited and updated by Waze community map editors
- Automatic rerouting as conditions change on the road
- Send your ETA & real-time drive to update those you’re meeting
- Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours, and preferred routes
- Find the cheapest gas station on your route
- Add information on local places and businesses
- Add Facebook friends and sync Contacts
- See friends’ ETA when driving to the same destination
- One tap navigation to Facebook & Calendar events
- Earn points as you contribute road info and climb the ranks in your community
Waze is all about contributing to and benefiting from the common good, so hop on board and get involved!
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Waze will automatically shut down if you run it in the background and haven't driven for a while.
What's New in Version 4.8.0
Bugs and stability fixes
Has great potential, but needs work. It almost always takes you on a very indirect route. Especially in large cities with many options, for example LA. It constantly wants to take you off freeways and through neighborhoods that ultimately take much longer than if you had just stayed on the logical route and fought traffic. Even if you try to "trick" it hoping it will catch on and route correctly it won't. It will even go as far as taking you backwards just to get you on the route it wants. It is as if it had a one track/route mind. My suggestion is if you are in large cities such as NY, LA, Miami you check out your route on a different gps system and know where you need to go and don't veer off no matter what Waze says. Which really just defeats the purpose of the app. The only positive I have found is it is usually pretty accurate about road hazards and police. So if those are the only features you are interested in and the fact it is somewhat like a game with the whole points system, and you really already know where you are going then this app may fit you.
Not quite 5 stars yet
I gave 4stars because, though it think it is a great AP, there are some feature that could be better. 1. The drop down Ads when at a stop is annoying (this didn't happen when O first got the AP but now it does it a lot and it covers most of the screen- I have to tap under it to make it shrink but still. Ads should not cover a map screen! 2. The memorize route doesn't work right. Waze give me three routes but I don't want to take the cut through on the one route I use because it is slower (due to constant slow traffic) yet It still doesn't show my route as a viable one -even after months of driving it. And 3. It takes too long to recalculate when a turn is missed or is not exactly where it says it is. This is especially troublesome when you have to make an immediate turn after getting back on route and it is still recalculating- you have to pull over and wait and in busy cities that is not an option
App is very helpful; has saved the day several times
I downloaded the app years ago, and use it on almost every trip… Regardless of whether it's 3 miles around the corner or hundreds of miles as my family travels on vacation. For unknown destinations, Waze does a good job of prescribing a route and even offering alternatives. For a regular commutes such as heading to work or heading home, Waze helps me to avoid potential traffic jams and delays. It is one of the apps that I use most often on my phone, for sure.
From a fun and engagement perspective, Waze provides customization options that allow the experience to be different nearly each and every time. My kids especially enjoy selecting the different voices. C-3PO, Shaquille O'Neil, and now T-Pain have guided us to our destination with a little bit of fun interwoven.
Like anything, it is not 100% perfect, as on very rare occasion, Waze has either not been able to connect, or has steered me slightly wrong.
That said, it is one of the most powerful tools I have installed on my phone, and probably among the top two or three that I use.
I don't often write app reviews, but when a free product offers me value, I feel it is only fair to provide an honest and objective viewpoint. Thank you Waze! Keep up the good work, continue with the enhancements, and please continue to provide new and fun ways to work with the app.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Jun 22, 2016
- Version: 4.8.0
- Size: 54.3 MB
- Languages: English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: waze
- © Waze Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.