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Waze ? a popular cross-platform, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation service ??has been acquired by Google, and will be integrated with its Maps service, the company announced on Tuesday.

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Google's purchase was revealed on the company's official blog by vice president Brian McClendon, who announced that the Waze development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for the time being. The acquisition also brings in the active Waze community, which contributes data about traffic and accidents to inform other users.

"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," McClendon said.

No price was given for the acquisition, but reports from last month suggested the company could pay as much as $1 billion in a buyout. Previously, Facebook was also reportedly in Talks to buy Waze, also for an asking price of about $1 billion.

As of April, Waze had more than 40 million people actively using its service and contributing data. Investors in the company include Microsoft and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Waze is a free application available on the iOS App Store, offering turn-by-turn directions with automatic traffic data reporting. Community-generated data includes real-time routing, live maps, and an accident reporting system.

Google's purchase comes as the mobile battle for mapping is heating up between it, Apple, and other major players. Apple's iOS platform relied on Google for mapping data until last year's launch of iOS 6, when Apple debuted its own Maps application.

Maps was introduced on iOS, but will come to the Mac later this year with the launch of OS X Mavericks. The company has worked behind the scenes to improve its Maps service, following a perception at launch that it was vastly inferior to Google Maps.

Rumors suggested early this year that Apple was interested in acquiring Waze, but those turned out to be inaccurate. The Waze iOS application was highlighted by Apple last year following the launch of iOS 6, when the company promoted alternative mapping applications and apologized for the substandard quality of its own Maps.
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App deleted on my iPhone.
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App deleted on my iPhone.

Same.

Obviously, Google Maps isn't nearly as good as the shills would have one believe otherwise the blatant copying of Apple Maps in the latest Google Maps Beta and the purchase of Waze would be unnecessary.
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Well it was nice while it lasted.  Now to delete it, as it shakes in fear. 

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Looks like Google is working hard to catch up after the devastation caused by Apple Maps.

;p
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Deleting the App :( :( :( RIP Waze  i loved you.

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Deleted from my phone as well. Quite enjoyed it while it was independent. Oh well.

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Garth: No waze!

Wayne: Waze!

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Google's spending more money again, I wonder what their ROI will be this time.

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Hmmm. . . Over $20 per user? No doubt there's some defense involved but it seems pretty high to me if the rumored price is anywhere near accurate. Then again the guys at Google know a whole lot more about their business than we do.
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Deleted from my phone as well. Quite enjoyed it while it was independent. Oh well.

 

Like most start-ups, their entire business model was built around being bought up by a larger company. They were never going to stay independent forever.

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So Google will track me now with Waze. Sigh.
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the blatant copying of Apple Maps in the latest Google Maps Beta

 

Are you being serious? How did Google copy anything at all from Apple Maps?

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Are you being serious? How did Google copy anything at all from Apple Maps?

He is serious. Apple introduced vector maps and 3D flyovers. A year later, Google introduced vector maps and airborne flyovers...

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He is serious. Apple introduced vector maps and 3D flyovers. A year later, Google introduced vector maps and airborne flyovers...

 

You're head isn't that deeply buried in the sand is it?

 

Google announced the 'flyover' before apple did (http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=22411)

Google has had vector based maps since 2010 (http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/12/07/google-maps-5-0-for-android-goes-vector-for-faster-loading-zoom/)

 

You guys are all insane.

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He is serious. Apple introduced vector maps and 3D flyovers. A year later, Google introduced vector maps and airborne flyovers...

 

From 2.5 years ago

http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/12/07/google-maps-5-0-for-android-goes-vector-for-faster-loading-zoom/

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Looks like Google is working hard to catch up after the devastation caused by Apple Maps.

;p

 

That was certainly worth a laugh!  About the only devastation caused by Apple Maps would be to renditions of bridges and roads!

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On topic, I already had the Tom Tom app with live traffic, so I very seldom used Waze anymore. Time to delete.
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post #19 of 130
Bye bye Waze. I am sure Apple evaluated a purchase and decided 'not' was the better option. Looks like Maps is developing well.
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So basically Google is making sure they have a monopoly in maps. But since the tech press has their collective heads up Google's ass they could care less that choice is being replaced by Google anywhere and everywhere. 1oyvey.gif
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"Here's To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have
no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the
human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world - are the ones who DO !"

 

Edited: I understand the reference now. Went right over my head. Kudos to you sir, that was very clever.


Edited by NexusPhan - 6/11/13 at 10:26am
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Hmmm. . . Over $20 per user? No doubt there's some defense involved but it seems pretty high to me if the rumored price is anywhere near accurate. Then again the guys at Google know a whole lot more about their business than we do.

It's not a defensive move, it's offensive, and blatantly so. Google does not need waze, certainly not for that price. Google are biters and scratchers. They are this way to make up for their lack of originality, and their insecurity after failing time and time again to come up with true innovations ala Apple. They throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. That's not creativity. When they fail, they use their financial recourses and internet dominance to strong arm others. I don't think the paid trolls and journalists are coming only from samsung. It's a style of management that began with schmitt, and which tweedle dee and tweedle dum are dutifully perpetuating. Do no evil my ass.

   

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Originally Posted by NexusPhan View Post
…the logical evolution of technology…

 

Here we go again with the "logical progression" BS.

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Here we go again with the "logical progression" BS.

 

So you're saying vector based GUI is not logical progression from raster based and Apple violated Google's IP by adapting vector based maps years after Google made the switch?

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Originally Posted by NexusPhan View Post
So you're saying vector based GUI is not logical progression from raster based…

 

Doesn't seem to be, does it? No one's doing it but Apple and Google, and only in specific instances; not across the board.

 

I think it is, OS-wide, but that isn't the point.


…and Apple violated Google's IP by adapting vector based maps years after Google made the switch?

 

Only if Google had IP to violate and only if Apple's implementation violated it. Not sure why this is a logical step from the above, though.

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You're head isn't that deeply buried in the sand is it?

Google announced the 'flyover' before apple did (http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=22411
)
Google has had vector based maps since 2010 (http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/12/07/google-maps-5-0-for-android-goes-vector-for-faster-loading-zoom/
)

You guys are all insane.

Pretty sure Google announced (note not released) their 3D mapping feature shortly before Apple in order to steal Apple's thunder, pretty much like what MS and HP tried to do with their "iTab" competitors.

Vector mapping was not new for Android, but was for iOS since Google seemed set on feature disparity. Do no evil, you know.
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Bye bye Waze. I am sure Apple evaluated a purchase and decided 'not' was the better option. Looks like Maps is developing well.

 

IMO - except for street view, which is killer, both maps are about the same. Google has a few more POI perhaps and others like the Google public transit. Regarding Apple evaluation of waze... well thats the question isn't it? I have no idea about Apples internal plans etc, but it seems like Apple makes the offer (thats the rumor for Waze, dropbox and a few others) but significantly under what it may eventually be purchased for. There is the issue of build internally or buy etc, but it sure 'appears' (purely based on AppleInsider articles over the years) to be a pattern that Apple just won't pull the lever on the big dollar purchase(over billion or so). Just my observation out my arse, have no real knowledge.
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He is serious. Apple introduced vector maps and 3D flyovers. A year later, Google introduced vector maps and airborne flyovers...

 

You're head isn't that deeply buried in the sand is it?

 

Google announced the 'flyover' before apple did (http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=22411)

Google has had vector based maps since 2010 (http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/12/07/google-maps-5-0-for-android-goes-vector-for-faster-loading-zoom/)

 

You guys are all insane.

You are one of those irrational fandroids that should be thrown into a trash can with your "similar" stuff and "almost" truth statements.

 

Since when is that thing at 45º like flyover?

 

Fucking trolls, go vomit somewhere else.

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Yes, introducing apps that feature the logical evolution of technology - vector based and 3D - is thinking very differently. Even more so when you announce it after your competitor does and somehow your users think you did it first. Sounds like the opposite of what Steve Jobs wants Apple to be doing.

Actually, I wasn't commenting on whether you were correct or not on who did what first, but rather your surprise at Apple users sometimes being crazy. Apple users (which I am one) generally have great affection for their Macs and perceive Google at best as untrustworthy, and at worst, as the enemy.

Maybe the Goog did announce first but given Apples lead, it is at least possible that Apple was working on this before Google.
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Doesn't seem to be, does it? No one's doing it but Apple and Google, and only in specific instances; not across the board.

 

I think it is, OS-wide, but that isn't the point.

 

Only if Google had IP to violate and only if Apple's implementation violated it. Not sure why this is a logical step from the above, though.

 

The way Google and Apple promoted the vector-based systems they both convinced me it was the only logical evolution. But, I certainly don't know enough about it.

Vector based apps should not have any IP attached to it. I thought you were implying Google was somehow in the wrong here so I was being an ass about Google's IP.

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? ?

 

Google altready HAS "Google Maps" so what's the idea?

 

I loaded Waza a while back at the advice of a friend and wasn't impressed. The traffic updates tend to happen when I can SEE the brakelights ahead of me: way too late, for instance.


Edited by jfc1138 - 6/11/13 at 12:06pm
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I really love Waze! It's super functional and I love social integration. But now Google has bought Waze, I'm not sure if I want to use it anymore... Wish Apple had bought Waze and integrated in Apple Maps.
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? ?

 

Google altready HAS "Google Maps" so what's the idea?

 

I loaded Waza a while back at the advice of a friend and wasn't impressed. The traffic updates tend to happen when I can SEE the brakelights ahead of me: way to late, for instance.

 

They basically bought it so that Apple wouldnt. They're utterly terrified they might lose the monopoly they currently have on maps at the hands of Apple. 

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You're head isn't that deeply buried in the sand is it?

 

Google announced the 'flyover' before apple did (http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=22411)

Google has had vector based maps since 2010 (http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/12/07/google-maps-5-0-for-android-goes-vector-for-faster-loading-zoom/)

 

You guys are all insane.

You're wrong, but technically partly right.  Your user name explains why you are being sloppy with the facts, Mr. Nexus.  I'll explain.

 

It was widely KNOWN months before it was announced that Apple was working on Flyover data for their new maps app.  Apple doesn't pre-announce products.  In this case it was very well known and discussed in the tech media that Apple was working on Flyover data.  FIVE DAYS before Apple's WWDC Google scheduled a hasty announcement in an attempt at damage control and an attempt to pre-empt Apple (June 6), and Google pre-announced they would be including flyover photos in the future and they demoed some very rudimentary examples.  Shortly thereafter (June 11), Apple announced their SHIPPING Maps app with Flyover photos. http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/apple_announces_home_grown_maps_to_replace_google_maps/  

 

 It took Google months, maybe a year, before they included flyover photos in their maps app.

 

So, actually, it is correct to say Apple shipped it first and Google copied.

 

Regarding the announcement, you are technically right by FIVE DAYS but also totally wrong.  Google pre-announced it shortly before Apple simultaneously announced it and SHIPPED it.  Google didn't ship it until AFTER Apple did.  Google was chasing Apple's tail the whole way, and probably would not have done any flyover without Apple doing it first.

 

It was widely seen as a damage-control pre-announcement by Google because it had became clear Apple was going to announce and ship it before Google.  So Google chose to pre-announce a non-shipping feature, which is typical of them, as Microsoft does as well.

 

Regarding vector based, Google also boasted about this before it became a reality and even after it supposedly shipped much of their maps lacked it.

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Google:  taking the "innovation" page from Microsoft by simply purchasing developers. Wooooooooooo, impressive.

 

If YouTube is any indication then this service too will be complete shit in a couple years.

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You are one of those irrational fandroids that should be thrown into a trash can with your "similar" stuff and "almost" truth statements.

 

Since when is that thing at 45º like flyover?

 

Fucking trolls, go vomit somewhere else.

 

You clearly know nothing about this. You live in your Apple world with your head in the sand.

Google maps for desktop which Apple doesn't have, is a recent beta that added a limited 45 degree 3D function.

Google earth for android has had the full every angle you want for months. This was demonstrated at a Google event before Apple maps was released. Nice try tho.

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You're wrong, but technically partly right.  Your user name explains why you are being sloppy with the facts, Mr. Nexus.  I'll explain.

 

It was widely KNOWN months before it was announced that Apple was working on Flyover data for their new maps app.  Apple doesn't pre-announce products.  In this case it was very well known and discussed in the tech media that Apple was working on Flyover data.  FIVE DAYS before Apple's WWDC Google scheduled a hasty announcement in an attempt at damage control and an attempt to pre-empt Apple (June 6), and Google pre-announced they would be including flyover photos in the future and they demoed some very rudimentary examples.  Shortly thereafter (June 11), Apple announced their SHIPPING Maps app with Flyover photos. http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/apple_announces_home_grown_maps_to_replace_google_maps/  

 

 It took Google months, maybe a year, before they included flyover photos in their maps app.

 

So, actually, it is correct to say Apple shipped it first and Google copied.

 

Regarding the announcement, you are technically right by FIVE DAYS but also totally wrong.  Google pre-announced it shortly before Apple simultaneously announced it and SHIPPED it.  Google didn't ship it until AFTER Apple did.  Google was chasing Apple's tail the whole way, and probably would not have done any flyover without Apple doing it first.

 

It was widely seen as a damage-control pre-announcement by Google because it had became clear Apple was going to announce and ship it before Google.  So Google chose to pre-announce a non-shipping feature, which is typical of them, as Microsoft does as well.

 

Regarding vector based, Google also boasted about this before it became a reality and even after it supposedly shipped much of their maps lacked it.


You also forgot to mention that Google's now shipping flyover maps suffer from all the same Salvador Dali renders that everyone made fun of Apple for in Maps.

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Hmmm. . . Over $20 per user? No doubt there's some defense involved but it seems pretty high to me if the rumored price is anywhere near accurate. Then again the guys at Google know a whole lot more about their business than we do.

My thought as well. Waze is an OK service but most use it (IMO) because it was independent. The quality if far below even Apple's maps and no where near Google's. The traffic data is so-so and it re-routed wrong for me both times I used it.
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Some day Google will get sued because some asshat updates their Google Maps Waze traffic data while driving and causes an accident.

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He is serious. Apple introduced vector maps and 3D flyovers. A year later, Google introduced vector maps and airborne flyovers...

You're head isn't that deeply buried in the sand is it?

Google announced the 'flyover' before apple did (http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=22411
)
Google has had vector based maps since 2010 (http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2010/12/07/google-maps-5-0-for-android-goes-vector-for-faster-loading-zoom/
)

You guys are all insane.
You are one of those irrational fandroids that should be thrown into a trash can with your "similar" stuff and "almost" truth statements.

Since when is that thing at 45º like flyover?

Fucking trolls, go vomit somewhere else.

I have the New Beta Google Maps. I experimented with it for about a week but then lost interest -- it is somewhere loosely between old Google Maps and Google Earth -- not particularly well implemented or very exciting compared to the current OSX apps.

IMO, Apple Maps on an iPad is superior to both.

Early this AM, I installed OSX Maverick. Apple Maps on the desktop blows all of them away (even iOS 6 Maps on an iPad 4).... You just can't compare the ease, beauty and fun of Apple 3D Flyover with anything else out there... Nothing comes close!
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