Waze Stories August 19

Waze adds limited-time navigation voices, vehicles from Paw Patrol

Ahead of a movie based on the popular children’s series, Google-owned Waze is adding support for some neat new themes from Paw Patrol.

Waze Stories August 3

One of the more whimsical aspects of Waze is the ability to see your car represented on the map with a 3D model. It seems Waze is getting ready to celebrate the upcoming release of Halo Infinite by including two of the game series’ classic vehicles.

Update: Almost two weeks after being spotted by our team, Waze has made Halo vehicles officially available in the app.

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Waze Stories July 28

Waze updates trip preview w/ alternate routes, more information on tolls and traffic

Google-owned Waze is picking up a trick from Google Maps this week. Rolling out now, Waze will show a trip preview before you start navigating that shows route options and more detailed information.

Waze Stories July 1

Waze adds limited-time ‘Cat & Dog’ theme to customize mood, voice, and car

Waze is distinctly more playful than any other navigation service available today. For its latest dose of whimsy, Waze is adding a Cat & Dog theme that will be available for a limited time.

Waze Stories June 14

Being caught in traffic could result in Waze offering free burgers and ketchup

Waze often plays with fun concepts to improve the app for its users, and sometimes, those ideas can translate to advertising as well. Now, Waze is serving an ad to some users that get caught in traffic that offers up free Heinz ketchup and an Impossible Whopper from Burger King.

Waze Stories April 28

Waze can now display real-time traffic information in Calgary, Canada

Waze is already one of the best ways to get accurate traffic information while using a navigation app, but in the city of Calgary, it’s about to get even better.

Waze Stories February 11

You can now listen to Audible books through Waze

Over the past couple of years, Google-owned Waze has been building out the ability for music streaming apps to put basic controls right in the navigation interface, and it’s a feature that’s constantly expanding. Now, Amazon’s Audible is picking up support for Waze.

Waze Stories November 23, 2020

Waze for iOS testing support for CarPlay’s dashboard mode in beta

Google’s Waze platform arrived on Apple CarPlay in 2018, and now it’s about to adopt one of Apple’s latest features. It appears that Waze will soon support CarPlay’s dashboard mode.

Waze Stories November 17, 2020

Amazon Music now works inside of the Waze app while navigating

Over the past couple of years, Google-owned Waze has been building out a collection of music partnerships that allow control directly within the Waze app. Now, Amazon Music is joining Waze.

Waze Stories September 15, 2020

Waze has pushed a few major updates over the past year or so, and today, the company has another slew of announcements. The biggest reveal? Waze is adding lane guidance, perhaps the best navigation feature from Google Maps.

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Waze Stories September 10, 2020

Waze lays off 30 employees as revenue drops during the pandemic

Like many other businesses this year, Google-owned Waze is suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to declining ad revenues, Waze is laying off a portion of its staff and closing some offices.

Waze Stories September 8, 2020

Google’s Waze navigation app has picked up a few handy updates recently and, today, it’s picking up yet another. Starting today, Waze users can send directions from the web to their smartphone in just a couple of clicks.

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Waze Stories August 31, 2020

Over the past few years, Waze has offered up guest voices for guiding users on their drive. Now, there’s a new pair of voices. Starting today, Waze users can select Batman or the Riddler as their navigation voice for a limited time.

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Waze Stories August 25, 2020

Waze has supported Google Assistant for a while, but only on Android. Assistant is admittedly limited on iPhones and iPads, but its users are about to get a bonus. Starting today, Waze for iOS offers Google Assistant integration.

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Waze Stories August 13, 2020

As our colleagues over at Electrek will tell you, electric cars are the future of transportation. However, in the meantime, gas-powered vehicles are still the mainstream. To help drivers limit their time at the pump, Waze is partnering with some gas stations to offer contactless payments.

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Waze Stories August 12, 2020

Google-owned Waze offers a lot of local information for drivers as they navigate around town, and now, the app is adding a first-of-its-kind feature. Starting today, Waze will alert drivers of upcoming railroad crossings.

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Waze Stories June 29, 2020

Google-owned Waze has been one of the most popular mapping services around, and today it’s getting a slight redesign. Waze is getting an updated logo for 2020 which arrives as part of a bigger design refresh to the platform.

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Waze Stories April 15, 2020

During these crazy times we live in, a lot of things have been changing. Today, Google’s Waze is offering some insight on how the coronavirus outbreak has affected our driving habits, and the numbers are absolutely staggering.

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Waze Stories March 18, 2020

Like any other new smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series has been experiencing some bugs and issues following its launch. Now, some Galaxy S20 owners are reporting a GPS lock issue when using apps such as Google Maps and Waze.

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Waze Stories December 10, 2019

Waze’s community-based warnings for hazards, speed traps, and traffic can make your daily commute a lot easier, and this winter, the app is introducing a new feature. Starting today, Waze users can see “Snow Warnings” for unplowed roads, real-time snow conditions, and more.

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Waze Stories November 4, 2019

Waze brings back its Cookie Monster voice for a limited time

One of the fun aspects of Waze is its ability to bring in other voices for your navigation. Today, Waze is bringing back its Cookie Monster voice for a limited time only.

Waze Stories September 24, 2019

Waze picked up Google Assistant integration back at Google I/O with some users getting access to the functionality back in June. Now, Waze’s Google Assistant integration is widely available for all English users in the United States.

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Waze Stories August 21, 2019

All focus for Google when it comes to music streaming has moved to YouTube Music, and starting today, Waze will get integration with the service.

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Waze Stories July 30, 2019

Waze has now added the ability for multiple riders or stops to be added to a Carpool, allowing drivers to pick up more than one passenger at a time and get much more accurate directions.

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Waze Stories July 15, 2019

Millions of drivers use Waze to avoid traffic jams, speed traps, and more obstacles on their commutes. Starting today, Waze is also helping drivers save money by showing toll prices along their route, and the functionality is available starting today.

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Waze Stories July 1, 2019

For quite some time, the Waze Carpool app has given commuters the ability to open up their vehicles to riders to save on gas, make a few bucks, and take some cars off the road too. This week, a calendar is being added to Waze Carpool to help drivers schedule their rides through the week to save time on scheduling.

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Waze Stories June 19, 2019

Waze has offered integration with some popular music apps such as Spotify and Pandora, and now that’s extending to a podcast player. Starting today, Castbox is officially integrating with Waze on Android.

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Waze Stories June 10, 2019

In addition to a new Driving Mode that replaces Android Auto on phones, Google at I/O 2019 announced that Assistant is coming to Waze. Google Assistant in Waze for Android is now beginning to roll out in the U.S.

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Waze Stories May 22, 2019

Waze adds DJ Khaled as latest celebrity navigation voice through the end of June

Over the past several years Waze has offered users the option to have their directions read out by a handful of different celebrities. Today, the popular navigation app is adding DJ Khaled as a navigation voice for Waze on both Android and iOS.

Waze Stories May 7, 2019

Google Assistant support is heading to Waze within the next few weeks

The Google Assistant is heading to Waze within the next few weeks, giving you the ability to control a wide array of aspects of your device while using the driving navigation application.

Waze Stories May 2, 2019

There were cries of hallelujah back when Waze first made its debut on Android Auto, but now users are reporting issues with the Google-owned product. Apparently, the past few updates for Waze on Android Auto have caused some problems with reporting, voice commands, and more.

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Waze Stories February 6, 2019

NYPD demands Google stop Waze from revealing user-reported location of DWI checkpoints

Google Maps is slowly building out a reporting function, but Waze has had the option for years now. Unfortunately, that functionality is getting the attention of local law enforcement in New York City, as the NYPD has just sent a cease and desist letter to Google, demanding that the reporting feature no longer reveal the location of DWI checkpoints.

Waze Stories January 29, 2019

Waze Beacons arrive in New York City for better navigation in tunnels

Millions of drivers rely on navigation systems like Google Maps and Waze for getting around town, but these systems are rendered useless by underground tunnels. Today, Waze is announcing that its Beacons are arriving in New York City to help fix that problem.

Waze Stories October 29, 2018

Earlier this month, Google Maps added music streaming integration with a handful of popular services. Similar quick controls are now coming to Googler’s other navigation and obstacle avoidance client with the Waze Audio Player. Joining Spotify, the seven new compatible audio applications include music, audiobooks, news, and radio.

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Waze Stories October 10, 2018

Alphabet has multiple on-going ride-sharing efforts from Waymo and self-driving vehicles to Waze Carpool. Housed within Google, the latter is expanding its take on ride-sharing across the U.S. today, while the Alphabet company hit a major milestone.

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Waze Stories July 19, 2018

Waze now supports Android Auto on your smartphone’s display

Waze added support for Android Auto nearly a year ago, but only in a limited capacity. Now, the popular navigation service has full support for Auto, including on your phone’s display.

Waze Stories January 25, 2018

Waze Carpoolers can now pay their driver for rides directly in the app

Waze released a new service in select regions last year called Waze Carpool. With it, drivers could offer rides to others who wished to carpool to a shared or nearby destination. Thanks to a new partnership with Payoneer, drivers can accept money from riders directly within the Waze Carpool application.

Waze Stories December 20, 2017

Latest celebrity voice option for Waze is Liam Neeson

If you’re bored with the standard Waze voice, and don’t want to record your own, the company has just announced that actor Liam Neeson’s voice is available ‘for a limited time’ as part of a promo for his upcoming movie Commuter

Waze Stories November 29, 2017

Popular navigation app Waze is being updated today with three new features. First up, and long overdue, is a hands-free mode. The app now supports an ‘Ok Waze’ command that allows you to set common destinations without taking your hands from the wheel.

Commands supported include ‘Take me home’ and ‘Find a gas station’ …

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Waze Stories August 24, 2017

At the second annual Google for Indonesia event today, the company announced a slew of updates coming to the country. Major production additions include Assistant now working in Bahasa Indonesia and YouTube Go, while Google also announced a number of humanitarian programs.

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Waze Stories August 16, 2017

While Google Maps may be the superior service in a lot of ways, Waze offers a lot of features that come in handy while on the go. Its most notable crowd-sourced feature is spotting police cars hidden on the road, but today the app is adding roadside assistance to its feature list.

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Waze Stories July 26, 2017

Ever since Waze revealed that it would be coming to Android Auto, fans have patiently been waiting for it. Over the past couple of months, the Google-owned service has been beta testing that functionality, and today, it’s finally available for everyone.

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Waze Stories May 30, 2017

It seems like we’ve been saying that Waze is coming to Android Auto for ages now, but in the public eye, very little progress has been made. Waze announced plans about two months ago for a beta test, and today it’s finally taking action on that.

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Waze Stories May 2, 2017

As it does periodically, Waze today expanded its voice selection with yet another celebrity. After adding support for The Grand Tour’s Clarkson, Hammond, and May last November, the app today added support for Mr. T…

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Waze Stories April 4, 2017

Android Auto is excellent if Google Maps is your go-to navigation service, but if you’re a Waze user, you’re out of luck. Many loyal Waze fans got excited back at Google I/O 2016 when Waze for Android Auto was finally demoed, but in the time since, we haven’t heard much about it. Today, though, beta invites are going out to help test out Waze for Android Auto…

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Waze Stories March 14, 2017

Waze and Spotify have announced a partnership to provide integration between the two apps. If you have Spotify in the foreground, Waze alerts and directions will be displayed while driving. Conversely, if you have Waze in the foreground, you’ll be able to pause Spotify music as well as hit previous and next track buttons …

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Waze Stories February 22, 2017

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Following succesful tests in Israel and the San Francisco Bay Area last year, Waze is planning an expansion of its carpooling service to several US cities and Latin America. Waze Rider has some notable differences and downsides from Uber and Lyft, but is cheaper as a result.

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Waze Stories November 28, 2016

Waze updated with navigation voiced by The Grand Tour’s Clarkson, Hammond, and May

Navigation by smartphone is easy and convenient, and the Google-owned Waze app is the top pick for many. Now, Amazon is teaming up with Waze to promote its new show, “The Grand Tour” by adding navigation directions voiced by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

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