Google acquires Waze traffic-navigation app

Rumors circulated in recent weeks that Waze, the popular iOS-Android traffic-navigation app, was being courted by Google for a potential buyout. Today, Google confirmed that it has bought the Israel-based Waze, but specific terms of the deal were not revealed.

Google's official blog has the other details on their Waze acquisition, stating:

The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. We’re excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search capabilities. We’ll also work closely with the vibrant Waze community, who are the DNA of this app, to ensure they have what’s needed to grow and prosper.

Waze has traffic information on its maps that are provided by volunteer community members which has made its data base huge and also very popular. It even includes information on when and where local police are targeting speeders.

Waze recently announced it was beta testing a version of the app made for Windows Phone devices. There's no word on when the beta will be completed but now that Google has bought Waze this means Google is now technically working on a new Windows Phone app.

Source: Google | Image via Waze

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TrekRich said,
Great more google services i will have to sign in to use. More data to the NSA!

Right, because Google is the only company the NSA has their claws into.

That is a ton of data to download the full maps on to a phone. Why there are partials. If I am going on a trip, I just DL what I need before hand and I dont have a problem.

kakademona said,
When they (google) will offer possibility to download maps offline (whole, not just part of it) it will be killer app

Downloading the whole map of the US would kill your phone. Why download parts of the map you dont need?

Hmm interesting. I love Waze and I love the Google Maps app.

When using a map app for navigation, I prefer Waze simply because it'll route me around traffic almost in real time and it's more accurate, especially around construction zones in Dallas, due to the volunteer work.

Google Maps has more data and better search within the maps. Some thing I search for on Waze don't even show up, so I have to use Google Maps to find the address then copy and paste it over to Waze.

Looking forward to this.

I dont believe that they will kill the WP8 app. Waze and Google are interested in as many users as possible and opening it to another platform will get them that.

V-Tech said,
I dont believe that they will kill the WP8 app. Waze and Google are interested in as many users as possible and opening it to another platform will get them that.

I'd like to be optimistic and believe that, but then, look at their stance with all of their other services on Windows platforms.

NeoTrunks said,

I'd like to be optimistic and believe that, but then, look at their stance with all of their other services on Windows platforms.

I have to admit that i'm not 100% familiar with the rest of the services you are talking about but Waze is basically a startup company that wants/needs to grow. Cancelling a whole platform would be bad for business.

NeoTrunks said,

I'd like to be optimistic and believe that, but then, look at their stance with all of their other services on Windows platforms.

Which MS and Google have been working together on. Things wont be alright overnight. I am just glad the 2 are talking.

techbeck said,
Which MS and Google have been working together on. Things wont be alright overnight. I am just glad the 2 are talking.

I'd like to see more cooperation between MS and Google. Turn that cease and desist into ease and assist!

hmm I remember a few months ago that Waze made an app for windows phone which was great but, why do I get the feeling that google might screw windows phone users seeing all the beef with MS I hope they do continue to provide update and fixes to windows users