Waze for Windows Phone getting closer to final release

In April, the folks behind the popular traffic and navigation app Waze announced they were taking beta testers for an upcoming Windows Phone version. In June, Google announced that it was acquiring Waze. However, that apparently didn't stop the development of Windows Phone app.

Now the people who have been beta testing the Waze Windows Phone app are being told that the final beta build is being released. This news comes from a Reddit user who received this in-app message:

The statement that the final version of the app is coming 'in the near term" should be welcome news for folks who have been waiting patiently for Waze to release the Windows Phone app to the general public. It also means that Google is not stopping its recent subsidiary from offering the Windows Phone version.

Google has not been supportive of launching its in-house apps for Microsoft's OS platforms. We have reported in the past that Google has tried to block Microsoft's own efforts in releasing a YouTube app for Windows Phone and Google has refused to release Windows 8.1 apps for its own services aside from a search app for the OS.

Source: Reddit via WMPoweruser | Image via ezmode

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vcfan said,
the world is a better place without google apps or services

Totally disagree with you, Google are far from perfect, however so are are Microsoft.

Both have useful apps and services.

InsaneNutter said,

Totally disagree with you, Google are far from perfect, however so are are Microsoft.
Both do have useful apps and services.

Agreed

InsaneNutter said,

Totally disagree with you, Google are far from perfect, however so are are Microsoft.

Both have useful apps and services.

It's true that they both have useful services but when one doesn't want to bother making their services/apps available on the others platform for whatever reason then that's were it gets stupid. To MS's defense on this matter they have quite a lot of apps on both iOS and Android while Google can't be bothered to show WP the time of day. When the old "low marketshare" excuse doesn't hold water anymore I wonder what they'll do?

vcfan said,
the world is a better place without google apps or services

In the mind of a fan boy competition is always bad....
I do not use Google services but I do not miss the Wintel era.

Order_66 said,

Yes because competition is a bad thing!

/s


even-though I don't like newly anti-competitive acts from google, I have to agree with you that competition is the best thing for consumers and because of that I like Microsoft to make their services as good as google's

vcfan said,
the world is a better place without google apps or services

Nope. More competitors and more choice is always better.

trojan_market said,

even-though I don't like newly anti-competitive acts from google, I have to agree with you that competition is the best thing for consumers and because of that I like Microsoft to make their services as good as google's

good. where's the competition for youtube?

InsaneNutter said,

Totally disagree with you, Google are far from perfect, however so are are Microsoft.

Both have useful apps and services.

Man, neither of the 'Google Services' were made by google. YouTube, Maps, Waze, Picassa. They bought it and apply their bloody politics to it. Yes, it was much better when it was not Google's service.

hummell said,

Man, neither of the 'Google Services' were made by google. YouTube, Maps, Waze, Picassa. They bought it and apply their bloody politics to it. Yes, it was much better when it was not Google's service.

How are any of the services worse for Google having anything to do with them?

Google Maps provides by far the most detailed coverage, here in the UK anyway. Then we have Google Street view which i don't think any other service can compete with.

Analytics and AdSense and far superior to anything else i have ever used, its possible to make a good amount of money from AdSense, where as other Ad publishers give peanuts in comparison.

YouTube has evolved over the years and is a lot better than it was before Google purchased it, back then it had some of the lowest quality video on the web...

Android has grown to be the number one mobile os in the world since been purchased by Google.

I use a lot of services from both Microsoft and Google, its good to have two companies doing similar things in different ways. I don't believe you have to use everything from either one or the other.

InsaneNutter said,

Vimeo.com?

Seriously, If I were head at Microsoft I would have bought vimeo and feedly or create similar services to compete with youtube and fill the google reader gap to draw people further away from google services.

There used to be a Waze app for Windows Phone that got pulled off. So I am not sure what this bull**** is all about. Anyway HERE Maps, HERE Transit and HERE Drive are way better

Unfortunately it seems almost every (or all) Windows 8 tablets have no GPS on it. A GPS makes more sense on a tablet than it does a phone due to the screen size.

jd100 said,
Unfortunately it seems almost every (or all) Windows 8 tablets have no GPS on it. A GPS makes more sense on a tablet than it does a phone due to the screen size.

Really? I never saw a tablet holder for cars.

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