Google's official word: Waze cost $966M
0. phoneArena 26 Jul 2013, 22:21 posted on
The official numbers had been kept a secret until now. Early estimates for what Google paid to acquire social mapping/navigation company Waze had put the purchase in the $1.1 to $1.3 billion range. But, it turns out Google beat out Facebook and Apple with a bid that came in under $1 billion...
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1. xtremesv (Posts: 275; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Google is trying to devour competition... this wouldn't be the first time a monstrous company buys a lesser one to suck its life. I really liked Waze without ads and privacy invasion :(
2. milesboy5 (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
I totally agree with you. I think that google was worried about waze and therefore being the behemoth google is they bought out waze. Which stinks because now privacy will go out the window.
3. joey_sfb (Posts: 4583; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
If you are worry stop using waze/google. So far google is the lesser evil between M$ and Apple. Nevertheless still evil. HAHAHAA!!...
5. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
I completely agree with you, Waze was way better by themselves
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2150; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Google is interested in the community building of Waze and not necessarily in destroying competition, Google Maps is already the most popular anyway and Waze was never going to be a billion device service. This is similar to buying patents, the method of user live map update is essential for Google's future and all will benefit from it while Waze will go on at least for a couple of years separately.
6. Killifornia (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)
First of all if you are worried about privacy you really shouldn't own a cell phone let alone a smartphone. No amount of changes to your settings will ever stop an app or the government from accessing you information. Secondly the aquisition of Waze will do nothing but improve both programs. Conspiracy theorys on these things are a useless waste of time.
8. Stuntman (Posts: 828; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Google actually improved Waze by adding Google search. Instead of using crappy Bing, I can actually find most of the places I am searching for with Google.