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Waze app review

Waze is a cross platform (iOS, android, web) app, I’ve played with it on a number of occasions and uninstalled it each and every time. More on this to come. Waze allows you to use it as an in car navigation tool (with traffic data provided by fellow users), with the ability to have you share your eta and live location with friends. There’s a social side allowing you to message folks near you (a bizarre concept for someone driving) as well as report gas prices, traffic conditions etc. Once you’ve set a destination it allows you to send an email or text message with your eta. Over email it sends a link that allows someone to watch you to live follow you on your progress to your destination. This feature alone is amazing.

The app is very much single purposed, driving. Forget it for walking, cycling, public transit or any other method of transport you can imagine … yes even flew powder trips can not be tracked :).

The app shows you traffic on your route as well as locations of the po po, red light cameras etc. This data is entered by users and pulled from their devices (even when they are not using the app). And this is my first rub with the app. The end user can not control the apps use of location, data etc. It’s either always on or always off. Very bad.

They have added the ability to manually turn off the app but you have to think to do it.
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If the other person has waze as well they can follow you in the app. Text message just gives a one time eta. The navigation app works fine. You can load the app onto a phone and tablet but the history is not syncd between the two.

If you allow Waze to access your facebook friends those using waze immediately appear on your friends list.

One of the things missing on the app is the ability to request a users location, like you can using the find friends app on iPhone.

Over all it’s a good app, great search, navigation, traffic. I just wish for more control on it’s use of my battery/data and the ability to request the location of missing loved one late or MIA.


June 5, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Awesome post! I read your blog fairly often and you’re coming out with great stuff!
    I have shared this on my Facebook and my followers loved it!
    Keep up the good work 🙂

    Comment by mobile marketing | April 7, 2017 | Reply

    • Thanks for your kind words, I appreciate it!

      Comment by johngalea | April 7, 2017 | Reply

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