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Waze releases holiday version for Windows Mobile

We first introduced you to Waze back in September. Waze is a free, turn-by-turn GPS application that uses crowd sourcing to detect traffic conditions in real time. A social network for motorists of sorts.

Today Waze is releasing a holiday version of it's navigation application that includes holiday-themed "road goodies", a treasure hunt contest, bi-lingual support and integration with the location based, geo-game foursquare.

Ease on past the break to read more about Waze's holiday version.

When we first reported that Waze was headed to Windows Mobile, it was in it's Alpha stages and has since grown considerably. While Waze still remains focused on using motorists input for making mapping updates and providing real-time traffic conditions, Waze has added a bit of flavor to the process with a point system and "road goodies."

"Road goodies" are small icons that are in areas where the Waze system has identified mapping problems. As driver's come across these goodies, the system uses that traffic to improve map quality and awards the user points. The holiday version includes "road goodies such as snowflakes, candy canes and gift packages."

The Holiday version takes the "road goodies" a step further by adding a Treasure Hunt feature.  The Treasure Hunt will place treasure chests throughout the map that when driven over (virtually) have the potential to reward users with bonus points that can be as well as real world prizes. The Treasure Hunt will be active from through Jan. 1, 2010. More details on the contest can be found on the Waze Blog.

Okay, so you're asking "what's with all the points?" Best I can figure is that the points are applied to your user account and the more points you earn, the greater you status is amongst other users. It gives Waze users a way to achieve "braggin' rights" within the community. In surfing Waze's blog, it also looks like occasionally contests are held with those earning the most points receiving prizes such as Amazon.com gift cards.

I've got to tip my hat to the Waze developers for adding an entertainment twist and a bit of flavor to point-to-point navigation. You can download the application from Waze's download page or by pointing your mobile browser to m.waze.com. Again, Waze is free so you won't be out anything if you decide to take it out for a test drive.

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8 Comments
  • I used Waze for Windows Moble in depth for about two months, ending about a week ago. It was terrible. 1) It frequently crashed my AT&T Tilt2 and when it didn't crash it consumed so much of the phones resources that other programs shut down. 2) It's PC web based map editor was so slow that it was unuseable. They said their servers were overloaded, abduction they were 'working on it.' 3) What's the business model here? If it's to have us generate maps and record traffic (for point?) so that the owner can sell the data, then I'm wary. Maybe this new version works better, but I'd say steer clear until this product is more robust. Just clunky, crashy and unusable as is. Use Google maps or Bingo maps instead. My 2
  • I agree with the above. I really like the crowdsource traffic idea, but Waze for WM isn't ready yet. I often can't connect to their network or it can't pick up GPS, but then I open google maps or an internet browser and my connection is fine. Love the idea, the execution by Waze has been subpar, IMHO.
  • Waze is dumb and terrible. I concur with...evidently everyone else. Next.
  • Waze is great! With every version it has been getting better and better! It is still ALPHA software! of course it crashes. The latest release is more like a beta and really worth checking out.
  • Waze on symbian s60 is great!
    I've been using it since the early freemap days, on the WM and symbian platforms, it is one of a kind.
    Fast updating maps and traffic alerts, are for me, a must have.
    The community is very supportive, at least here in Israel.
    There are some cons. the map is not perfect, there is a lack of POI, there are still some bugs in the program (i am also a beta tester for the symbian version), all will be resolved in the future.
    I use it everyday and recommend it to my friends all the time.
  • Not available for my Blackjack II...need a touchscreen...feeling a little inadequate.
  • It looked awful on my Treo Pro, and was an absolute beach to uninstall. It took three tries before it uninstalled without first locking up my phone.
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