Waze founder speaks candidly about being under Google's umbrella
0. phoneArena 21 Jan 2014, 17:21 posted on
Waze has been one of the more popular navigation apps for a while now, and not too much has changed in that app experience since the company was purchased by Google. Like other Google acquisitions like Motorola and Nest, Waze has been left to operate independently, but with the additional resources of Google behind it; and, recently Waze founder Noam Bardin was fairly candid about what that relationship is like...
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1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I'm just glad that Waze is available on my 1520 despite the pathetic bickering between MS, and Google...
2. Arthurhkt (Posts: 490; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
As much as i love Android and Windows Phone(and of course iOS and BlackBerry), i must say that i hope one day both of them should stop pointless hatred toward each other, i do understand that as a company they need competition, not a competition that bring nothing but trouble to the end user, but competition that bring benefit to us. With that i hope both of them at least can made some peace and bring the benefit to us, shouldn't their main target was to bring more user under their service? Regardless of any platform.
4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Yep❕❕.. And, it also would be nice if a few members would stop being petty, and having hatred, for other platforms... We can't expect them to change if we aren't willing to....
3. joey_sfb (Posts: 5809; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I am glad that waze is available in wp platform too. In fact, I hope to see Google and Microsoft come to terms with one another. Both has the rights to compete but do it constructively.
6. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Great interview! I really like Waze and I agree with Bardin that searching has room for improvement. As a matter of fact, when I need to search for a place or to navigate to it, I just use Google Maps. On the other hand, when commuting or driving around an area I know, I often run Waze to be warned about traffic and speed traps.
7. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
The search has definitely improved ever since Google bought Waze. I am able to find locations with much greater success now than before.
I actually turn Waze on almost every time I drive. I feel that I get a great experience from the crowd sourcing data Waze compiles. Like the interview says, it has saved me time on my commute, especially in the past year where there was major construction on my normal route.