General usability of iOS beta 18.104.22.168 is good. Here's some specific feedback:
Report Map Issue menu Once in the Report Map Issue menu, in portrait mode, the last issue type which shows fully onscreen is "wrong driving directions." Even though this item is fully on the screen, it is impossible to tap on it to select it. The list must be scrolled first. This is different than functionality under the current general release version. See video:
Event Radius "on route" MISSING. So easy to add. Why, oh, why not? It's been on the request list for over a year.
Find by Category Seems to work reasonably well. However, results are not always sorted in distance ascending order. See video.:
Gas Station category Info tab only displays "We're sorry, but something went wrong."
Personally, I would rather see Foursquare as the default search engine for category, but that's just me. It seems to have more results and more accurate results than yelp.
Request: in the Map overview mode for seeing the category results, please add zoom buttons and a the north-up button. The stretch-pinch method for zooming is fine, but it's really hard to get the map back to north-up and can therefore be disorienting if you don't know which was is north once the map gets rotated.
Favorites This has been around for a while, but why is there a small > button on the right side of all the favorites? When going to Favorites via Navigate, I would expect a submenu to pop over which brings up details and the ability to change it, but all it does is navigate to that favorite, which is the same as just tapping anywhere in on the line. Unless that > button means something, it shouldn't be there. (It seems I've been able to bring up the favorite details only very seldom. It's like a magic spot or something.)
Navigation List on arrow/street name tap Very nice. Thank you for listening! Being able to bring up the navlist by tapping on the turn arrow or street name bar is very useful.
Gas Stations I did not see any gas stations specifically tagged on the map in any special manner. A few where have been added as landmarks for a long time are there, but I was thinking it would be something different.
I was able to navigate to a gas station easily after searching by price. Stations are sorted in distance order (mostly) instead of price. A way to toggle that would be nice. There is no way to show prices of midlevel or premium gasoline (yet?).
As mentioned above, the Info tab isn't functional, but I'm thinking that area is to display all gas prices for the selected station.
The pre-release notes mentioned being able to set preferred gas type and brand, but I do not see this in the Settings interface.
Gas Prices My first attempt to update gas prices failed. It just read "Sending update..." and twirled, but nothing ever happened. The next five gas stations I updated prices for worked just fine.
In the US, all prices are shown on signage down to the penny, plus 9/10 of a cent. It appears that the pre-loaded data has rounded that up to the next cent as most every price I updated was off by 1 cent. This isn't surprising. However, when anyone talks about the gas price, the 9/10 part is left off any we do not verbally round up. If the sign says $4.17 9/10, we call that $4.17. Any auto-loading of gas prices from other sources should simply truncate the .009 instead of rounding.
There is a wide-range of gas prices which are colored the same. What is the criteria?
Request: Gas price points should be 3, not 2. It's just too little reward for spending time to enter the data.
Question: How do you enter price if a fuel type isn't offered? Zeroes?
Pave Road paving has been moved under "Map Issue" as a tab.
Road Hazards not equal to those using ASR There are still more hazard reporting options using ASR than there is using the old tap method. It would be nice to have parity here.
Mutistop routing This is a long-awaited feature and it is really nice to see it implemented. Some will be disappointed that it is currently limited to a single stop between start and destination, but this is a good start. Right now, you cannot add more than one stop point. You cannot get alternate routes once a stop point is added.
The bugs I found were:
If you tap-hold select a spot on the map as a stop-point, Waze crashes
When you arrive at your stop-point, Waze announces that name/address/street of the final destination
Distance and ETA to stop point is frequently incorrect. Sometimes I will set the stop point and it will say 1min/50ft and the location is several miles away.
When in stop-point navigation mode and select a new destination to navigate to, the route color remains light blue instead of reverting to purple, which is the color it should be for single destination mode.
ETA and distance display does not appear after adding a stop point until you touch/pan the map.
Request: Add a "add stop point" button on the route overview dialog with the "Cancel, Routes, Go" buttons. This would save time over having to go back into the navigate menu.
TTS There was a situation as I approached an intersection where my destination was very close. It tried to say, "In .1 miles, turn right at State Hwy 99W and arrive at your destination" but what came out was, "In .1 <pause> miles, turn right and arrive at your destination. <long pause>State Hwy 99W. Turn right at State Hwy 99W and arrive at your destination." That "State Hwy 99W" should have been in the first sentence, but instead came out after.
General Bugs still existing:
Speed limit bug: not all speeds can be displayed
Sad not to see Toll Road avoidance added in to this version.
Oregon-based US Country Manager | iPhone5 - VZ - iOS 6.1.2 | Waze v3.6
1) Slide to navigate 2) type in address 3) with address typed in, hit search 4) nothing happened, so repeat 3, forever...
Yeah, that's great.
Scenario B: Hey, a new feature!
1) Slide to navigate 2) Hit Categories 3) It crashed, so restart it and try again.
Yeah, that's great, too. hehe. Scenario A is all I do all day long at work, and since that highly essential part of the app does nothing here, I'd say general usability is non-existent. I had to go back to the public version immediately.
I appreciate the info messages if you set a route off-network or go off-network on the middle of a route. The message that appears in green when your route is recalculated when you are back on network is too hard to read. It would be better if the shade if green would be darker.
Great that if you look at alternative routes your current route is no longer discarded!
I agree with AlanOfTheBerg that gas prices should be sortable by price as well as distance. There should also be some ability to keep more recently updated prices as having priority.
What protections are in place to keep gas station owners from falsely entering low gas prices to trick Wazers into going to their gas station? What is the source of these gas prices?
I also agree that the gas prices should not be rounded up and the 9/10 of a cent should be truncated.
There should be detail on the gas price update screen to only use the cash price, not the credit price if different.
I am very happy that gas stations are not part of the map editor later to support this new feature. Great that the map editors do not need to be involved in fixing anything related to gas stations or gas prices.
I ran into a bug setting the client language. The display language was English but the Navigation language somehow was showing Spanish but actually speaking English. And the first time I ran Waze after loading the Beta the voice was some other language that I could not identify. A restart of Waze seemed to resolve this. I will post a couple of screen shots when I can.
This has always worked fine for me. I hit the > arrow button and it brings me to the screen as attached.
AlanOfTheBerg wrote:Favorites This has been around for a while, but why is there a small > button on the right side of all the favorites? When going to Favorites via Navigate, I would expect a submenu to pop over which brings up details and the ability to change it, but all it does is navigate to that favorite, which is the same as just tapping anywhere in on the line. Unless that > button means something, it shouldn't be there. (It seems I've been able to bring up the favorite details only very seldom. It's like a magic spot or something.)
Perhaps at the moment this crashing is an unfortunate by-product of being north of the border.
AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I've been using this with no problem. Probably have gotten routes to 15 different locations in almost all the categories. No crashing.
As for gas prices, whenever Canadian support comes we would probably like to keep sub-cent accuracy. Our cost per liter isn't always $x.xx9, and sometimes will be any random tenth of a cent, $1.339 or $1.285, etc. Most of the time the stations will use $x.xx9, but this isn't always the case, and seems to me to be worthwhile to keep in there.
I got the email for this beta just as I was about to leave Colchester for home (a trip of about 150 miles) so it was still downloading on 3G as I set off.
Any, once running I had a quick play (though I did not explore everything in depth as I was driving).
My initial observations as as follows: 1. This beta is not stable at all. In 2.5 hour drive it crashed repeatedly (maybe 7 times, seemingly afer about 15 mins each time?). Debug mode logs uploaded. 2. TTS seems to work OK some of the time, but it keeps switching between normal voices and the TTS voice, very disconcerting (probably due to the constant need to upload crash logs?) 3. What does the not yet mentioned "Inbox" feature in my Waze do ... how do we send messages? 4. Selecting the category button always results in a crash. 5. "Prefer goodie munching" is still there, thought that was being removed? 6. The missing landscape mode is a real problem for me as the cradle in my car is landscape so it's hard to drive and Waze as I have to keep tilting my head 7. The slider for Device Volume in the Sound settings looks wrong (compared to the prompts volume one).
Other things: 1. The feedback form doesn't give me to the option to select this beta version (only the android .105 version) 2. Is there a roadmap for allowing ROW users to get ASR and/or gas Pricing (or petrol to us brits) ... TTS has taken over a year.