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Waze beta for Windows Phone still on the way after Google purchase

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Waze beta for Windows Phone still on the way after Google purchase
When it was first announced that Google had agreed to purchase Waze, there was some worry from users on Windows Phone that the acquisition could lead to trouble for the planned Waze app for WP, but it looks like the plans are still on track. Google said that it would be leaving Waze as a separate company, and simply look to integrate certain features between Waze and Google.

But, the closed beta of Waze for Windows Phone looks like it is moving along nicely according to a reader at WMPU. The UI of Waze is being redesigned to more closely fit the Metro world of WP. On the features side, it has most of what you'd expect like day/night mode for navigation, options to avoid tolls, get the fastest/shortest route, search addresses, points of interest, and get gas prices from sources like Google and Bing. And, of course, there are the usual reporting tools to let other Wazers know about traffic jams, accidents, and police locations.

Still no word on when the Waze app for Windows Phone might come out of beta, but things are looking pretty good so far. 

source: WMPU

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posted on 19 Jun 2013, 15:14 3

1. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)

soo google actually has a heart

made my day :)

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 19:29

6. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)

Good guy Google :D

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 15:34 1

2. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

Couple of factors might have influenced
1. App development effort could have come to an end...
2. Nokia has patent that could affect waze this could help is keeping MS happy...

On the other hand, i am happy Google is not porting any of it's services to WP... Android is an open source project and MS is milking money of it and lot of money from OEM's... MS is so evil...Why should google give their services for free to MS?

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 03:46 1

9. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

so ur logic is we all work with no pay work for free if boss wants to pay us its ok othervise we all can live without money good logic Sir I salute you. u can die hungry MS wont die like that
google has more bad way of making money of ur privacy and stuff critical to you so they give you cute looking OS and sale you for money i guess this is true evil

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 15:47 1

3. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

Way to go WP!

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:14

4. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Hopefully they'll also bring over Google Maps (which Waze will likely be merged into).

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:28

5. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

I never used Waze, but aren't these kinds of things easily susceptible to abuse? Crowd sourced realtime traffic information etc. sounds like it could be easy to screw with some people...

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 20:01

7. yorcharturo (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 May 2013)

It actually works pretty well, since you can not input the data, the app measure the traffic based on the average speed on the street and your current street, then it compares it to the data from other drivers, so in order to mess it up, you would need to have a lot of friends to preted there is a traffic jam (which in fact will cause a traffic jam)

Amazing this little software, and the great thing is that it works in smaller cities too (not just big cities like google traffic information or Nokia's solution)

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 22:53

8. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

The only reason I need this is to avoid speed traps. It's common for me to go 100mph on a highway. I drive on a highway twice weekly crossing states, and I need to save time.

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