waze ios 7

After months of speculation, Google bought popular social mapping startup Waze in June of this year. And following the purchase, Google’s VP of Geo said the company was looking forward to bringing its search capabilities to the app.

Today, it has made good on that promise. An update just posted for the Waze iPhone and iPad app, which brings it to version to 3.7.6, that includes a handy new voice-based search option for addresses and places in over 40 languages…

Here are the release notes:

What’s New in Version 3.7.6

– Voice-based search for addresses & places in 45 languages 

– Voice-based event reporting in 16 new languages 

– Improved settings – new help section + easy to adjust sound alerts 

– Enhanced support for iOS7 

– Bug fixes

While I haven’t used Waze enough to notice any big differences between this version and its predecessor, I was able to test out the new voice search feature. It’s quick and accurate—everything you’ve come to expect from Google voice tech.

I’m still not sold on the app itself though. The interface looks good enough, but it’s really busy—as it needs to be to offer access to all of its features. But if you’re a current user, or just interested, you’ll definitely want to grab today’s update.

You can find Waze in the App Store, for free.

  • This application is truly amazing. I have been using this for years and it has helped me a lot. I just hope that Google does not mess this app up.

    • jack

      They already started.. right after buying it they changed sleep mode so it continues to use GPS (before GPS use was disabled). Probably to keep tracking you for the NSA

      • gittlopctbi

        How did you find this out?

      • You can’t be serious with that NSA comment can you? Unless it was a joke, and then, good job I guess.

  • gittlopctbi

    I use Waze everyday multiple times. I love it. I personally don’t find the interface “too busy.” I guess it’s just what you are used to. And there are not that many differences between this and the previous version. It is a little easier to select sound alerts, which is a small nice, but the voice-based search is a huge plus.

  • Tom

    An Israeli app <3

  • David Gitman

    israel ftw <3

  • Falk M.

    Wow… reporting finally is integrated.
    Took some time, but glad it’s there finally.
    I don’t use the app myself but having been a blocker for a movie once on two busy streets I’d have loved to reroute some more folks in advance through the use of reporting a block instead of having to tell them at their car’s door.
    Enough people don’t use navigation as it is, would have loved to keep Waze users informed though as Waze and Google Maps (I imagine Google Maps will pull these reports from Waze) are used the most.