Admittedly, when I first checked out the Waze app, I dismissed it as childish. The truth is, I hadn’t played around long enough to know. Now I’m almost completely enamored. Actually, I’m obsessed with “checking in” and boosting my points, but that’s a side point.
Waze is a GPS navigation app that’s, for lack of something better, geared toward social connections. That part is actually pretty stupid, the exact word for the time, but the cooler feature is the real-time information that you receive.
In fact, because Waze tracks you and other “Wazers” (government conspiracy types beware), you can know within a rather short period of time what the traffic conditions or other obstacles are on your route. The reports give you information about accidents, police locations, and traffic conditions in real-time.
Although I prefer the native Google app for long-distance travel, Waze is winning me over for the day-to-day commutes. According to Waze’s Twitter people (@waze), “we like to consider ourselves more of an app for commuting day to day places.”
Obviously, the more people using Waze on a regular basis, the more reliable the app will become.
Because the app is geared toward social connections, there’s plenty of ways to connect by meeting up or chit chatting with other Waze users. This would be my least favorite aspect of the app, though I suspect many users will love this.
After 10 days of dedicated use, I’m finding that the app is really reliable and useful, unlike Google who can’t even find the correct location of my office.
With version 3.2, Waze developers hit a homerun on a fun and useful app.