Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby jalan94 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:19 pm

I don't see how there is an ounce of difference between Google Navigation, not Google Maps, and Waze as it relates to the intended use of the app while driving.

I hope that functionality of both apps is integrated into one solution. I see no reason why a single app can't be great at navigation, social traffic, and search all in one. It was the maddening switching between the two apps to achieve all of those things that drove me nuts. The idea of having them within the same app makes perfect sense to me and I hope they do it.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby wox33 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:57 pm

I just think less is more sometimes. One app that does everything is rarely better than an app with a specific purpose that it does very well. Bloat and feature creep can bog down simple functionality fairly quickly. Pretty soon, we will just have one app on our phones.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby davipt » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:06 pm

wox33 wrote:One app that does everything is rarely better than an app with a specific purpose that it does very well.


Fully agree. Just look at Google Maps and... Google Maps on iOS. Doing Geocaching I need to pinpoint a certain exact location over the satellite images and whilst it works via the Google Maps browser version, if I enter the location on the Google maps app, it ignores my location and pinpoints the nearest street. Worthless. I wish there was a separate Google Maps and Google Navigator app.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby jalan94 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:08 pm

In my opinion, the Waze app already attempts to do everything the Google app does and more, just not as well in some cases. Waze attempts to do POI search, contact search, automated traffic (flow data), manual traffic (social reporting), multi-route calculation, and turn by turn navigation. I don't view Waze as "less is more." It plays in every sandbox that Google's app plays in and then some. There are just some things that Google does better, and other things that Google doesn't do at all. Some things Waze does better. Combining that all into one app is something that I don't feel will add any additional features overall that Waze isn't already trying to do. It will simply improve the shortcomings that exist.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby vince1612 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:26 pm

Most questions can find their answers in this forum :
https://world.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=51811
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Re: Waze joins Google
by shirlig » 11 Jun 2013, 19:03

Hi guys!
These are very exciting news indeed!
We'll do our best to address all your questions here.

Basically, as Noam mentioned - nothing really changes in our workflow and in our work together.

enhket wrote:
How will waze and google merge their maps? Will we still have to edit?
This will waze to grow even faster! Congratulations again


Waze maps and Googles maps stay separated and it is not allowed to use google maps data to edit Waze maps.
However - there is going to be a significant focus on the enhancement of the map editor and new tools will be available to us - yes, that includes google's aerials and street view !
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby vectorspace » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:39 pm

I was satisfied by Noam's post in the Waze Blog. The rationale seemed very reasonable and simple. We can argue the fine points and everyone has preferences, but his point about other options (IPO) are true.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby Colonel667 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:09 am

All I can think is:

+ Thank God it's not Apple! ;)
+ Hopefully it causes more of my fellow Germans to notice and use Waze!

- I switched to Windows Phone 8 just now, and Google isn't exactly known to have much love for that.
- I don't get any of the money, i'm still poor, haha. :(
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby McCracken808 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:12 pm

I just heard a news report that the FTC is investigating the sale. Well, well, well. Waze has hit the big time. Google may be paying a lot more than $1.5B, in fines.


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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby jasonh300 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:45 pm

McCracken808 wrote:I just heard a news report that the FTC is investigating the sale. Well, well, well. Waze has hit the big time. Google may be paying a lot more than $1.5B, in fines.


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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby iainhouse » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:11 am

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