Waze

Fans and users of the popular Waze GPS app will be happy to hear that the mapping client received a significant update today. The release brings about several changes, including various redesigned UI elements and a handful of useful new features.

The new UI covers the ETA screen, which now lets users easily share their drive with friends and family, and also adds a new icon in the ETA tab that shows the number of users tracking your trip. We have a full breakdown of the new features below…

Here’s your full change log:

What’s New in Version 3.8.0

Keeping up with friends and family is easier than ever before! With new & improved features, put an end to those pesky texts and phone calls – “I’m leaving now,” “I’m stuck in traffic,” “Almost there!” – and let Waze do the work for you.

– Find more friends on Waze by adding Contacts
– Send & receive friend requests and manage your friends list
– Get in touch with friends directly from their profiles: Share a drive, call, message or beep beep to say – hello!
– Locations sent between friends are saved on user profiles for future navigation
– New easy-to-use design for sending locations 
– Share your drive to let friends & family know you’re on the way
– Redesigned ETA screen includes friends display to easily share your drive
– New icon on ETA tab shows the number of people viewing your shared drive, and expands for overview of activity
– Main menu redesigned to include new Send Location button and Share Drive button in Nav mode

Bug fixes:
– Waze freezing when performing a search
– General stability improvements

For those unfamiliar with Waze, it’s essentially a maps application with a heavy social layer. It includes all of the standard GPS features, like voice turn-by-turn directions, but it adds traffic/route data, crowd-sourced from an active community of users.

Google acquired Waze last summer for a reported $1.3 billion, and has integrated some of its route data into Google Maps. But other than that, the app has been untouched, so it’s still worth checking out. You can find Waze in the App Store for free.

  • VITICO

    I have this app and barley use it.. gonna give it some burn soon..

  • mlee19841

    People that have this app. How does it stack up against google maps/ apple maps?

    • Jacob S

      Simple… Waze and Apple map sucks! Use google map for up to date map data.

      • acerwax

        not exactly, Waze app provides information to Google Maps to keep Google maps more up-to-date. Waze will show where users submited cop alerts which Google Maps does not have. If you see a hazard on Google Maps most likely it came from the Waze app.. lets learn/read before we say things “suck”. Also Waze allows the users to EDIT the map which allows for maps that are more accurate than Google Maps which is primary fed from satellite data.

      • Jacob S

        I hope you saw my other comment. Yes I like the features of waze app. My opinion is still same, waze map data sucks and it is older than 4 years. If waze integrate current google map into it, I will change it from sucks to best. I don’t care whether you like it or not, waze map data sucks! Peace!

      • gittlopctbi

        I guess the data isn’t good where you live. I’ve been using it for a long time and have found very minor problems in my metro area.

      • Dave Newcomb

        Waze map data is entirely community managed. I’ve actually made map edits near where I live and they showed up on the app a week or so later. If the map data in your area is out of date there may not be any Waze users in your area doing map edits.

    • VEGGIETORTA

      I like and use waze on a daily (Northern California). I turn off all the social notification and its really good at informing me of cops and hazards. These added features aren’t really a selling point for me, I would like to see the inclusion of music controls.

      • gittlopctbi

        Why would you want music controls in your map app?

      • VEGGIETORTA

        I should have explained, sorry. I have removed my car’s oem stereo receiver and now use my phone or mini ipad as a receiver. It connects via bluetooth to an amp and pushes all my music to my car system. I would like music controls or gestures in Waze to control music to avoid leaving the application. The request has been suggested by many Waze users, but not enough to justify prioritizing its development.

        The jailbreak tweak ‘mini player’ has been a duct tape solution, but I find the controls too small to be easily accessed while driving.

      • gittlopctbi

        I see. I personally would not want music controls in Waze as that would really clutter up things, IMO. Especially since my Bluetooth receiver has music controls on it.

    • gittlopctbi

      Google maps is great, but I use Waze on a daily basis, every time I get in the car. Don’t know what others are diss-ing on Waze for “outdated” data because I’ve been using it for over a year and have found no problems with the data. The app has active map editors to correct anything that would be a problem. The problem I have is that sometimes Waze gives you silly directions. But that’s a minor annoyance as it chooses a different (and correct) route when you go a different way.

      I think Google Maps is definitely one of the best for information and turn by turn voice directions. However, Waze is right up there in quality. The best part is that you get reports of speed traps, accidents, road hazards, etc. from other Wazers. Most of those end up on Google Maps, too.

      Apple Maps? I don’t use it. It’s improved and it is very good, but not up to par with Google or Waze.

  • Jacob S

    I love the features in this app. But map data is so outdated. I will not use it until it update it’s map. Google map is the best for navigation with upto date map info.

  • Brian 

    You’re in denial if you argue that Google Maps isn’t the best, I gotta give it to them on that. Nothing will beat their consistent up-to-date maps, along with their massive database of businesses, which is extremely important.

  • Xee

    I prefer Apple Maps turn by turn to Google. I use both but Apple Maps more and more. Don’t like Waze, but that’s maybe because I’m not US based.

  • noel lamarche

    i live outside the us and waze is my best option. apple maps and google maps are not as precise over here. i think the main advantage waze has is that you can get locations from foursquare helping you find new places easily.