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Waze Navigation

Discussion in 'Samsung Galaxy Nexus' started by sbenson, Feb 1, 2012.

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    The people from Waze finally updated their Android app to 3.0 and it's a huge improvement in both functionality and appearance.

    For those who don't know, Waze is a community gps. Meaning, the more people that use it, the more accurate the results. Waze provides instant updates for traffic, hazards, police, etc. They've really packed a lot of features in - you have to use it for a couple days to grasp what's possible. One thing, that's really great is being able to update maps yourself - I've always hated waiting for Garmin or Google to update their maps.

    I've always been a die hard Google Maps Nav user and never thought I would change. I decided to give Waze a shot and I haven't looked back since. Since the update last night, the interface improvement is so drastic, I now prefer it to Google Maps. The appearance and interface was the only thing lacking for me and it's now fixed. I suggest everyone try it out. The more people we have use it, the better our navigation will be.

    Waze Navigation
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    Thanks for the heads-up. It's installing right now on my Gnex. I'll test it today and if favorable I'll put it to the ultimate test - I'll install it on the my wife's Bionic!!
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    Awesome, I'll think you'll like it. I especially love the speed trap alerts and the auto rerouting - something Google nav will never have.
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    I'm heading to town in a few minutes and will run it today. I do like the interface, but that's about all I have so far. I'll post something tonight. It's fun to have a new app to play with!! DancingNexus
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    Yeah, this app is only as good as your user base. I'm not sure about Baton Rouge, but here in DC there are thousands of Waze users, so traffic data is VERY accurate.
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    Well here in Baton Rouge there will probably be three of us on a good day!! :icon_ lala:
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    Thanks sbenson... might have to give this a try... I checked it out a while back but at the time did not seem good as Google Maps
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    Any way to get driving directions in Waze for the Navigated to location? I like being able to see the turn by turn at times.
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    Sorry Captain, what do you mean by this? Do you mean a list of directions like in Google nav? If so, yes.
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    Yes the list of directions like in Google Navigation... where is that?
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    My friends have it on their iPhone. From what I've seen that thing is terrible. It always gives bad directions. The interface is terrible. I wouldn't switch from Google maps. Google maps is nearly perfect.
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    That's what I am concerned about... Google Navigation works really well. Waze does have some interesting features. And Google Navigation can get wonky at times with it's routing but overall Google Navigation works great!
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    Navigation on Google reroutes right away. My friends waze couldn't recognize that he was driving on the service road as opposed to the highway. It just has a lot of glitches. And they tried to make it nice and 3d like but its just poorly done in my opinion. If I had to rate the two, I'd give Google maps a 8.5/10 and waze a 4/10.
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    So you've tried 3.0 on Android then? Don't get me wrong, it's far from perfect and still needs some work, but the traffic updates and auto re-route are invaluable if you commute in a metro area like me.
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    I know it did before the update. I'll check on the way home and get back to you. I'd be shocked if they removed that feature.
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    I live in NY lol no more metro than that. The new maps is awesome. Like I said to me its nearly perfect. And traffic is pinpoint
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    Well, I played with it while driving around town today for lunch and a few errands. It worked flawlessly for me. It's routes were good and it re-routed with ease. I loved getting the pop-ups about accidents and slow traffic. I really, really like the interface. This is going to be my "daily driver".

    And BTW even in Baton Rouge there seemed to 15-20 users on the road at any one time. I imagine that number will just continue to get larger and larger.
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    Were you using this on your G-Nex? Landscape mode doesn't work for me. That's the only serious bug I've found, everything else is flawless. As far as functions, they need to add an option to avoid tolls.

    To Captain: It appears they removed the direction list. Maybe their reasoning was since they re-route you automatically based of traffic conditions, the directions list would be a bit redundant? I dunno? Honestly, I would have preferred they left this in...
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    Still loving this app. In fact my wife put it on her Bionic too. I forced it to recalculate our route and it did a great job. This may become my Daily Driver.

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    I read on their website that there's a list of features from the old app that they're going to bring back in a future update. The directions list is one of them.

    In all honesty, after using 3.0 for a full week now, I have to say I think they rushed this. After being very high on it, it now feels half baked to me. Just too buggy and unstable at this time.

    Issues I'm having (keep in mind, some of these could be issues with the G-Nex only):
    • Landscape mode doesn't work - screen rotates but the right half of the screen is black; this eventually causes the app to crash.
    • If navigating a route and you check for alternative routes, it cancels the route you're currently on.
    • Every couple uses, the app will not close completely without going into apps and performing a force stop.
    • Route preference learning hasn't worked so far; the app knows when I'm going to and from work and suggests a route, but it still hasn't learned my preferences yet.
    • Location tracking seems to be less accurate than Google Maps. More often than I'd like, Waze thinks I'm on a parallel road to the one I'm actually on. Google Maps rarely does this.
    • Voices prompts are far too late; turn directions are spoken way too late.
    • Some of the routes that get suggested are routes than cannot be driven. I know this will improve with time, but as-is, it's super annoying not to know if you can trust the re-routing or not.
    Things that work really well:
    • Automatic routes: When I get in the car in the morning, Waze asks me if I'm going to work, then proceeds to show me the fastest route. It does the same for the way home.
    • Traffic reporting is the best I've seen in any Nav app. Far more accurate that Google Maps loose estimates. Waze is literally reports in real time as it gathers data.
    • Speed trap and hazard reporting is awesome. Same as above, this is reported in real time. I've already been saved from a couple speed traps and traffic cameras.
    • Presentation is leaps and bounds better than the previous version. It's catching up to Google Maps, but not quite there in terms of polish.
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