Waze gets directions, finds a new home on Windows Phone and is now available
Today, Windows Phone users are finally treated to a new app and service that has been long in the making: Waze. First announced back in June, Waze has been undergoing a private (but detailed) beta testing period to ensure the highest quality. Although it was reported as having no ETA back in October, the app is finally ready for public release. That despite unfounded concerns that its new owners, Google, would cancel the project. But today, Microsoft and Waze are announcing its general availability.
Waze is an extremely popular navigation and traffic app that relies on social interaction for real-time updates. Considered to be a community-driven application, Waze differs from regular GPS navigation apps by relying on user feedback for traffic, travel times, accidents, police traps, and more with user ability to modify maps and roads. It’s a fascinating service with around 50 million users worldwide, mostly found on Android and iOS.
Ironically, it was first used on Windows Mobile back in the heyday (2009) before the iPhone become too dominant. Later, there was an unofficial but sanctioned ‘homebrew’ version available to Windows Phone 7 users, but it never became a popular alternative.
Now with Waze available on Windows Phone 8, users worldwide can participate in the social-navigation app, helping Microsoft fans find their home, restaurant or the quickest route to a friend’s house.
Waze is now available to download for Windows Phone.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
Offical Intagram app is good for the platform, but 6tag will be where it's at for a long time.
Thanks, but no thanks...
Also, side note, makes my phone very very veeerrrry warm. L920
I haet to be that guy, but whatever... I guess I'm just that guy now.
Why we can't share any information with our social network (Facebook/Twitter)?
but: Started from home, 3g network, phone fully charged.
On the way the phone was getting charged constantly with Nokia cr200 car charger.
Arrived @work in about 50mins (~25km).
Battery is drained to 65%.... this makes the app kinda useless for longer trips.. or when you start with lower battery.
I will try it again tomorrow, using 2g network but I don't think it will work out that way either... The app's speed is 'good enough'. Its much slower than HERE drive/maps but hey, it has a lot more things to say and display.