Real-time crowd-based navigation, traffic monitoring, weather conditions, and incident reporting has come to Windows Phone in the person of Waze. The Google-owned app showed up in the Windows Phone Store today. This rounds out Waze's device support for all of the major mobile operating systems.
Google Now has been updated in conjunction with a Google Search for Android update, and with it comes traffic accident updates via Waze's real-time navigation information. Keeping an eye on websites has also become handier for users with website update cards making it in this latest version, as well as several other features that we've detailed for you after the jump.
It seems like Google is putting that recent Waze acquisition to good use finally, as the search giant announced that they have added Waze alerts to Google Maps on iOS and Android. The maps app now includes real-time incident reports crowd-sourced and submitted by Waze users. These include road closures, construction work, and accidents.
Google's acquisition of Waze, the social-powered mapping app, has prompted US Federal Trade Commission interest in the deal and the possibility of a full investigation, it's been revealed. The search giant confirmed that it had been contacted by the FTC to Bloomberg, after rumors over the past few days that the reportedly $1.1bn purchase of the Israeli company could prompt more regulatory headaches than Google expected.
As it was tipped just days ago by Israeli news sources with the inside line, so too does Google make their acquisition of the Waze team official. This acquisition has Google bringing in a team of creators that've made the Waze app a highly-used collection of real-time travel and traffic information bits, lighting the fire under rumors quite recently that it was more than just Google after their ownership. Google has made clear their intent to keep the Waze community - the users currently making the Waze app work - a part of the system as well as the developers behind the scenes.
Google has acquired crowdsourced-mapping company Waze in a $1.1bn deal, according to insiders familiar with the negotiations, with the well-rumored agreement potentially being confirmed sometime today. Whispers of the imminent deal resurfaced over the weekend, but according to Bloomberg's source, the talks have been finalized, though could still flounder on regulatory approval.
This weekend inside sources have suggested Google to be reaching a deal with the team at Waze, a smart navigation app previously rumored to have been in talks with Facebook for a similar deal. This acquisition has been tipped to be ringing in at $1.3 billion USD while real terms have not yet been revealed. This deal would have Google growing their ability to make Google Maps and Local information both inside and outside the USA an intelligent response environment.
As talk continues surrounding the possible acquisition of the social mapping company known as Waze, it appears today that Facebook is out of the running. According to sources familiar with the matter speaking with All Things D, a potential acquisition of Waze by Facebook is no longer an option as talks have fallen apart. Facebook was tipped to be considering buying Waze for upwards of $1 billion USD.
Waze is a navigational app that offers crowdsourced information on things such as traffic conditions, with the information and map updates coming from users themselves. The app has long been the source of acquisition rumors, with word having surfaced back in January that Apple was looking into buying the company, something that was later denied by sources. This was followed up earlier this month by a new rumor, this time that Facebook is looking into buying the company for $1 billion, and now new sources are saying Google is considering tossing a bid into the mix.
Word has it Facebook is looking to acquire crowdsource navigation app Waze for a hefty $1 billion. Such a move would provide the social network with an array of location-based data far more substantial than any it has had thus far, adding the information on top of what it already knows about consumers' likes, check-ins, and social circles. There's been a lot of talk about what Waze could do for Facebook, but the end result of that is more personal: what a Waze acquisition could mean for mobile users. Location data presents the ability to uniquely blend our real-world and digital worlds, mixing them together in such a way that one is always fueling the other.