Waze joins Google

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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby fvwazing » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:26 am

"You have reached your destination."

Congrats guys, well played.
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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 fvwazing » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:12 pm

Lol, this is swaying waaaaay off topic, guys. When I say G's maps are CONSIDERED to be good I mean that the perception of the general public is that they are good. We, editors, see that different. AppleMaps are considered crappy by the same general public - but they are maybe 98% correct, just not correct enough.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby fvwazing » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:40 pm

It is (already commented).
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby fvwazing » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:52 pm

OMG. I have seen the future. "Indoor maps with walking directions for malls."
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby fvwazing » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:05 pm

I expect to see demands for an "avoid stairs in routing"-option.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby fvwazing » Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:07 am

meb001 wrote:
fvwazing wrote:OMG. I have seen the future. "Indoor maps with walking directions for malls."


I think that is wonderful

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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby fvwazing » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:23 pm

@jwriddle:
even at +3k posts myself, I still value every post/opinion at its own merits.

@bamablond:
editorial remark - please use proper quoting in your posts for better legibility.
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Waze is great,,,I just have concerns

Postby GeecheeDan » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:25 pm

Since Waze has sold out to Google, I will not be a Wazer anymore. All it will bring is more targeted ad placement and spying. Too bad because I was actually enjoying the app.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby georgenqueiroz » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:28 pm

I wished Waze was not sold, but I know it was almost impossible.

So, if the company had to be sold, Google was the best option. They have the best infrastructure in the world and I guess most performance issues will be fixed.

My concern is how Google will handle two different map services and two map editors. Will both map services be synchronized? Will roads and landmarks from Google Maps be included to Waze maps? Are Waze Maps going to have duplicated roads and landmarks due to this?

Waze Map Editor is much better than Google Map Maker. If I'm not wrong, in GMM if you need to delete a road that does not exist anymore, you have to delete it, then some users must aprove this change, and after some days you will can make adicional changes, if it is necessary. Changes in Waze are much quicker than in Google Maps.

Actually, to tell the truth, I'm going to make less editions than I used to few days ago. I'm not sure about what is going to happen to my editions.
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