Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

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Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby raygduncan » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:01 am

In the latest version of WAZE I noticed that I'm seeing icons on the screen for "Vons" and certain other firms. This is not equal opportunity (for example, showing all markets along my route), so I'm guessing it's paid advertising, and there's no obvious way to disable it. This is just screen clutter.

Today for the first time, while driving home, WAZE did something much MORE disturbing, which was to display a giant red popup covering half the screen for "ABC Toy Pickup" in a town (Woodland Hills) about 20 miles from me and on the other side of the Santa Monica mountains (and probably 2 hours away in the evening traffic). Since this is outside the radius I've configured in settings and has nothing whatsoever to do with navigation or traffic, and in fact is a distraction while driving (anything big and red appearing on the screen immediately draws your attention from the roadway), I don't understand why WAZE thinks this is a good idea. The app will quickly become unusable if WAZE goes further down this path.
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Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby jrnavid » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:26 am

Oh this happened to me too! I was very mad because I had to physically reach out and press the x button to make it go away. I too will leave Waze if I have to be dealing with ads like this. Google Maps just came out with iOS so there's a new alternative
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Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby jmp316 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:03 am

Waze is a completely free app and service, but they need/want to make money too. IMO, the ads are a small price to pay for such a quality product. Ads are generally how many free online services gain revenue (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.). You may think that Google Maps doesn't do this, but Google constantly monitors and keeps mounds of data on users to target advertising at them.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby CrackedLCD » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:09 am

I don't mind pushpin ads but the popups will get annoying if they get common.

And look on the bright side — at least Waze works for you. With my particular phone, and particular OS version, ads, coupons and popups crash Waze for me. So every time I should see a popup, a coupon or manually tap on an ad icon, Waze will quit on me.

I can't use it at all anymore anywhere because these ads are now everywhere — Taco Bell, Baymont Inns, Ramada, Dunkin Donuts, a Wii U coupon at Walmart. Hard to find any map areas without these businesses where I live!
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby Jpere » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:05 pm

I haven't had any ads pop-up while my vehicle was moving. Only when I was stopped.

They do not bother me as long as they do not pop-up while I'm driving. Perhaps there's a bug somewhere that caused them to appear while you are moving.
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Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby dirgela » Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:46 pm

The business model is that you make the map, provide traffic data and then get ads if you want to use it :) On the other side google maps don't have traffic data in many countries and waze has no competition. Funnily in these countries waze has no advertisement as well :)
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:41 am

dirgela wrote:The business model is that you make the map, provide traffic data and then get ads if you want to use it :) On the other side google maps don't have traffic data in many countries and waze has no competition. Funnily in these countries waze has no advertisement as well :)

The model of providing traffic data is not enough to sustain. There is so much traffic data available now, Waze cannot survive on this alone. It may be different country-by-country as you note.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby andrewkjs » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:32 am

I've never encountered a pop-up ad while I was moving either, only while idle.

I totally understand the need for these ads to keep the app free and infrastructure running. Over here they have been ads for Standard Chartered, HSBC and Tesco, so the ad inventory in Malaysia seems to be selling well, but it remains to be seen if the revenue will be sustainable.
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby saros69 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:47 am

I don't mind the ads either.

In fact I quite like the one today which showed me a promotion for a particular kind of beer which I like (I don't normally like beer except this one).

The only thing is that how does Waze know that I like this one...? :shock: lol
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Re: Annoying New Ad Icons and Popups

Postby fotrik » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:30 am

I understand that Waze needs to make money. On the other hand when the ads arrive also here I would like to have an option to buy a "Pro" version on Market with no ads.
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