Waze is a great app, and I really want to help improve other wazer's experience as well as my own driving, but I just can't get over the icon the android app puts in the status bar. I'm only going to be using waze when I'm driving, not when my phone's in my pocket at work. First, since waze is running in the background requiring GPS it's taking up battery while I'm not using it, second the icon is cluttering up my screen needlessly, and third my ROM MIUI turns the notification area into a bunch of switches that I use often if there are no notifications present, but when waze is running I won't get those switches.
I totally understand why waze puts the icon there, that's not the problem. My small gripe is that you have to launch waze and then quit through the menus to get rid of the icon and there's no way to automate it instead. I know I know it's not that big of a deal, but when I get into my car the phone senses bluetooth, starts my music, and starts waze and the phone rarely comes out of my pocket making it more of a hassle to quit waze when I'm done driving.
In my personal situation I use tasker to automate my phone when I get in my car and I've tried setting tasker to just kill waze when I lose my cars bluetooth signal but that doesn't get rid of the icon. Tasker has a great plugin system that the waze developers could use to add a Quit Waze entry into the tasker action list without effecting the waze UI at all.
Alternatively as I'm sure my situation is fairly uncommon what about a feature that automatically quits waze after a configurable (or even auto configuring) amount of time spent either moving at walking speeds or not moving at all? That would affect more users than just those using tasker.
As of now I really want to use waze but the inconvenience of having to pull up the app and quit it every time I stop driving is too annoying to justify the gains. I'm sure most people don't care, but this guy and possibly a couple other people do. I'm not threatening to rate your app zero stars or anything if this doesn't get added, I just think it would be really nice for at least a few people.
Thanks for making such an otherwise wonderful app and kudos to the developers for the many other features.