Waze’s Features Finally Surface on Google Maps:
Waze is one of the most useful apps available in the Android and iOS marketplace. Basically it is a community based navigation app that utilizes the data submitted by millions of users to create live maps that are constantly updated to show the most up to speed traffic and roads information including accidents, traffic jams etc. that the users can consult while driving.
It has grown a lot in popularity since its inception and now boasts more than 50 million users. As we reported back in June, this popularity of the app caused many big league tech companies like Google, Apple and even Facebook to show interest in buying the Waze Company with Google eventually coming out on top with a $1.03 billion acquisition offer.
Normally when such a big deal takes place, it takes a lot of time handling all the logistics before we finally see some major impact of the new owner on the bought out company. But not with this, as only a little over 2 months after Google acquired Waze, we have seen a big integration of the app into the Google environment.
Google has announced through the Lat Long Blog that Google Maps will now host real time incident reports submitted and curated by Waze users. The blog entry said,
“This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.”
But it is not only the Google Maps users who are going to benefit as the Wazers are also getting two new functions in their beloved app. These two new features are Google Search and Google Street View.
Google Search will give Waze users the ability to access the massive pile of the company’s search results directly inside the app while the Street View and Satellite imagery will make it easier “to correct map errors reported by the community”. This is extremely helpful because according to the Waze blog, usually the issues reported by the users aren’t detailed enough and so the main curators of the maps have a hard time actually finding the problem, a process that will run a lot smoother with Google Street View in the mix.
Overall, this is an excellent update for both these services and one that will make the overall user experience a lot more pleasant. What do you think about this update? Will it make Waze better or is it a downhill path for the app?
[Via: Android Authority]