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Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic for Android


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

Editors' Review


As a popular community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic relies on real-time user feedback to provide you with accurate live routing, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and automatic rerouting based on road conditions.


Interactive and fun to use: Social features like the live traffic reports from users, drive-sharing, mapping of your friends' real-time positions, Facebook integration, and Map Chat, together with the playful interface and amusing icons and symbols, make Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic both useful and enjoyable, giving it the air of a fun social app.

Reliable reporting: Because users get points for reporting traffic jams, speed radars, accidents, and the cheapest gas prices, the amount of live-reporting for major cities within this app is more comprehensive than that provided by most other navigational apps we've tried.

Hands free: As you use the app, it learns your usual destinations, automatically sends notifications and ETAs to your friends, and remembers the people you've shared drives with, so that you can focus on the road instead of tapping to access these features manually.


Privacy concerns: To enjoy all of the app's features, you must share your live location on the map, which, in fact, only reveals where a random sampling of users were 3 minutes ago. But those who would rather avoid detection altogether, can go Invisible.

Drains the battery: Using it continuously with the GPS turned on depletes your battery -- this isn't the most adequate navigational app for long drives. The app does shut down on its own after a while if you're not driving, though.

Doesn't work offline: The lack of an offline mode makes it useless in many contexts, like when you're traveling abroad and want to avoid high data charges.

Bottom Line

Practical and fun to use, Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic impresses with the overall quality of its build, being an excellent choice if you live in a city and don't mind sharing your live location with your friends.

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2 stars

"Does not work as well since Google bought it."

October 25, 2013  |  By mjhampton

2013-10-25 08:09:39  |  By mjhampton

 |  Version: Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic


Waze was a very powerful, easy to use map & navigation tool that monitored traffic and would determine the quickest route to your destination.


Since Google purchased Waze, it's ability to navigate in High Occupancy Lanes (HOV) has been eliminated. Previously, once a vehicle had entered HOV lanes, the navigation would determine your route through the end of the HOV Lanes (if necessary). In one instance, there was an accident in HOV and WAZE directed me out the exit before the accident and back in after it ... that was before Google. Now it does not work in HOV and routes a vehicle out of HOV into the main lines (usually the wrong way down an on-ramp).
That would normally not be cause for such a low rating, however, the only way to report this navigation problem through the app receives the response, "Waze has no way of knowing the hours of HOV around the country..." (or something equally generic).
I am being kind with two stars because of the unresponsiveness of the Waze team and lack of support.
It worked perfectly before Google bought it; even in HOV.


Use to be a great product, now all it is useful for is giving your commute information to Google to store in their database about your personal life.

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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 3,302
Downloads Last Week 87
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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