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Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic for Android

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out of 4 votes out of 3 votes

Quick Specs

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  • Total Downloads:
  • Date Added:
    May 26, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
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  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Maps

Editors' Review


Waze delivers detailed, voice-directed navigation and hazard alerts. But the navigation app goes the extra mile with its crowdsourced, real-time traffic reporting.


Crowdsourced traffic reporting: Waze gathers driving information from you and other Wazers, using the data to display real-time traffic conditions. Wazers can submit information about road conditions, accidents, police locations, and more. Keep both hands on the wheel and use voice commands to submit reports.

Turn-by-turn navigation: Like Google Maps and Apple Maps, Waze lets you set a destination and then guides you over the quickest route. You can also add a midpoint stop. Waze provides audible and onscreen turn-by-turn instructions, alerts you to traffic conditions, and adapts your route based on changing traffic conditions. The Navigate screen displays a list of frequent and recent destinations, as well as calendar events, so you don't have to hunt them down. The app can send an alert when you need to leave, based on current traffic conditions, to get to your next appointment on time. The Navigation screen can also display nearby gas stations, and a speedometer shows your vehicle's speed.

Community connection: Drivers are displayed on maps via mood icons, ranging from happy to sad, with cats and ninjas in between. Seeing other icons on the maps reassures you you're not alone. However, driver locations aren't shown in real time -- they appear after a two- or three-minute delay, to protect drivers' privacy. Not all Wazers appear on a map; they appear randomly and change every few minutes, in part to help with overcrowded maps. You can see Waze friends who are near on the map and track friends' progress if you are heading to the same destination. You can also send your ETA to friends. And if you don't feel especially social, choose an invisible mode to hide your location on the map.

Gamification of driving: Waze offers rewards to entice you to use the app and contribute reports. Earn points for driving, adding friends, reporting traffic incidents, and so on. A scoreboard shows how your point total compares with that of other Wazers. As you gain points, you can customize your Waze icon by adding a mood.


Mixed instructions: With the wealth of info Waze wants to convey, guidance at times seems to tumble out of your phone: onscreen directions, voice navigation, and alert sounds calling for your attention.

Bottom Line

Combining real-time traffic conditions, turn-by-turn navigation, and game-like interactions, Waze is more than an interesting alternative to Apple and Google's maps apps. It may be the only navigation and traffic app you need.

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User Reviews

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3 stars

"Works pretty well, but..."

March 20, 2016

2016-03-20 02:27:45

 |  Version: Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic


Crowd-sourced information is the best and most up to date you'll find. Interface is pretty good.


It will often decide where you're going, whether you like it or not. You'll have a few moments to say no, but then you're going where it wants, like it or not.


It's a pretty good app, but I stopped using it previously because of it's tendency to guide me to a destination of it's own choosing. I'm using it again, but the auto-routing is more annoying every day and I'll likely be uninstalling it again soon when it sends me to work or home when that's not where I want to go.

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5 stars

"It has been my goto navigation app."

March 17, 2016  |  By

2016-03-17 08:23:19  |  By

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Real-time traffic and road condition feedbacks from other drivers.


None worth mentioning.

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5 stars

"great driving app"

March 14, 2016  |  By Randomuser35

2016-03-14 08:09:00  |  By Randomuser35

 |  Version: Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic


it's great that is shows police and road conditions in real-time


they took out a lot of the voices I liked

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
  • Sync Calendar with Waze - events with locations are automatically added for one tap navigation when it is time to go (New permissions needed to access the calendar)
  • Bug fixes
Publisher Waze
Publisher web site
Release Date February 20, 2014
Date Added May 26, 2014
Category Travel
Subcategory Maps
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android/2.3.3 - 2.3.7
Additional Requirements Android 2.2
Download Information
File Size 114.06KB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 22,355
Downloads Last Week 145
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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