You guys spoke, we heard you, and as a direct result of your feedback, we’re happy to report that the new Waze version features complete text-to-speech (TTS) voice guidance, so you’ll never need to wonder where to turn again!
Just by enabling the new TTS capabilities on your device, you’ll receive voice alerts upon approaching potentially dangerous events on the road, as well as voice-based street, exit and highway names, creating a much more convenient – not to mention safe – experience on the road.
In order to gradually introduce and test this new feature, initially, text-to-speech capabilities will be available on iPhone and Android platforms in the US and Canada only, with other countries soon to follow. Note that you’ll have to manually enable ‘Full’ guidance in your settings.
Our new version also features a special treat for users of the Android persuasion…a pioneering desktop commuting widget that displays a constantly-updated commuting time & ETA to work or home right from the phone’s main screen.
A color-coded meter clues users in to whether it’s a good time to leave, or not – red indicating heavy traffic, and green showing that traffic is clear – providing uncommon insight into conditions on the road before you ever get into the car. You can also click on the widget to open a chart view that displays commuting time based on both live information and historical data showing ETA expectations a few hours into the future. Pretty neat, eh?
To install the commuting widget, first make sure to download the most recent version, then select the Waze widget from the Android widget’s menu.
In addition to TTS voice guidance and the Android commuting widget, we’ve also included improved map graphics display, animated display of top-contributing Wazers, automatic centering on map after panning and improved performance due to multiple bug fixes. Give the new version a spin, and don’t forget to let us know whatcha think!