Waze joins Google

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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby milkyway35 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:57 am

Heisa123 wrote:In short, they throw money away?


No they only own a technology their competitor won't get.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby fvwazing » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:28 am

kpouer wrote:I don't think there is a "real" situation that is different from what we know.
Waze will remains the same for at least a few years, and you never know what will happens after.
Companies change their strategy, they may have an idea now of what they want to do with waze in the future but it may be completely different in two years.


Google has a mapservice that is considered very good - they do NOT need Waze at all. They have the resources (read: $) to buy Waze and to keep it dangling "at her Majesty's pleasure" for a few years, keeping it away from every close competitor. They paid a price that will never pay back from operating Waze - remember, Waze didn't earn enough over the past years to fill up a decent gastank and in my perception never left the beta-stage. With no chance to earn back the investment, why pump even more money in?

Now that the big prize was won it remains to be seen if enough commitment is left at Waze to fix those pesky errors that they didn't fix until now. With no chance to win more, why go through the trouble of improving the service?

So - "everything stays like it is" can be read as "google doesn't care" and "Waze doesn't care anymore either". And maybe - maybe - google keeps Waze as its Tamagotchi until the novelty wears off. We'll see.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby lakeyboy » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:04 am

My opinion is things will stay as they are, at least in the short term. Google will use it's resources (servers, money, advertising, street view, aerial imagery) to help Waze and vice versa (traffic reports, and conditions, road data, traffic speeds etc). I can see google maintaining the stock standard Google Maps app for the average user who is usually 'standing still' and keep Waze in it's current form for people who are 'moving'.

Congratulations to all involved and I'm glad the deal was done with Google instead of the other tech giants. I look forward to what future developments may come!
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby kpouer » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:28 am

I don't think there is a "real" situation that is different from what we know.
Waze will remains the same for at least a few years, and you never know what will happens after.
Companies change their strategy, they may have an idea now of what they want to do with waze in the future but it may be completely different in two years.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby lopaolo69 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:16 am

Heisa123 wrote:Google buys waze for fun.
They change nothing and let waze compete with their own navigation?

In short, they throw money away?

Well I think this is a game of shareholders.
Earn lots of money.
Nothing wrong with that. If waze thinks that everything stays the same?

Forget it.

Yep! I think this is the story.
I hope Ehud & Co will be so smart to explain us the real situation.
I don't like lose my time in something virtually dead :cry:

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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby Heisa123 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:10 am

Google buys waze for fun.
They change nothing and let waze compete with their own navigation?

In short, they throw money away?

Well I think this is a game of shareholders.
Earn lots of money.
Nothing wrong with that. If waze thinks that everything stays the same?

Forget it.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby vince1612 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:25 am

vince1612 wrote:@ The Waze Team - You're also getting a few comments on your Facebook Page about this. I've been responding to comments of worried people by pointing them here to read this forum. But I think you should also manage the comments or make a new post on there for people who don't use forums.


@ The Waze Team
As I suggested before, forums are good but please also don't forget about communication on your Facebook page, people are asking questions there and some italian guy is getting angry :roll:

Angry italian guy on Facebook wrote:You have sold my work to google?
I don't like my work sell to google. I think tonight i will delete all road in my area.
Like · · 2 hours ago via mobile


We believe we identified the uSer and we will monitor his actions
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby ofirbl » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:03 am

levin wrote:Congratulations to all Waze employees and management from all of us here, in the oldest Wazer community of them all, here in Israel.
It is very pleasing to see such innovation rising from a small Israeli community project to become a worldwide recognizable success.

We hope you will keep the Waze community spirit living inside Google, and keep improving Waze for us all.

+1
congratulations to EHUD, NOAM and all of Waze team :)
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby neo777 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:51 am

shmupi wrote:Congrats from Israel !

+1!
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby orenfl » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:50 am

Great news and warmest wishes for you/us all!
Let's hope we will all enjoy the best of both worlds :)
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