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Huge Waze update brings support for motorcycles and voice commands

Huge Waze update brings support for motorcycles and voice commands

Waze is an app that tends to get new features on the regular, but the update landing today is definitely worth paying a little more attention to. The team behind the crowd-sourced navigation app says that this is one of the "biggest Waze app updates ever," and for good reason. There are three oft-requested features rolling out with this update, and they all center around making Waze a more personalized experience.

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Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

There are some things that seem to be fated to go together, like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, and driving and music. Driving and fiddling with your smartphone to play your favorite traveling tunes, however, isn’t one of those and, in some places, might even be illegal. That is why Waze and Spotify have teamed up earlier this year to give you both experiences in one app. Now that tag team is arriving on iOS so you can keep your eyes on the road and your ears on the music.

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Waze Android app adds roadside assistance from other users

Waze Android app adds roadside assistance from other users

Waze has long allowed its users to help other users by providing them with a way to add alerts about police cars and crashes, and now it is expanding on that functionality. The company has pushed out an update that brings a new roadside assistance request feature. Unlike other roadside assistance apps, though, this one depends on other Waze users being generous enough to stop and help.

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Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Ask any Android Auto user what app they've been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there's no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I've been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait.

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Waze for iPhone can now give directions in your own voice

Waze for iPhone can now give directions in your own voice

If you're an iPhone users addicted to Waze and its useful real-time traffic and cop warnings, you can now get directions in your own voice. Waze for iOS has been updated with support for recording your own prompts and saving them into a custom voice command pack. The feature was first launched on the Android version of Waze back in May

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Waze finally arrives on Android Auto (but it’s in beta)

Waze finally arrives on Android Auto (but it’s in beta)

As odd as it sounds, Waze has long been one of the apps not available on Android Auto, the automotive rendition of Android. That was odd, considering that Waze is both a Google app and a transportation app, but times are changing and the product is now finally available in cars. The availability comes in the form of a private beta, however, and there are select vehicles that don't yet have support for the app.

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Waze carpooling will arrive in all of California next week

Waze carpooling will arrive in all of California next week

Waze, Google's navigation app and slow-growing carpooling platform, will soon expand the latter feature to cover the entire state of California. Waze first introduced a limited carpooling feature for certain cities in California, such as San Francisco, and the results were largely favorable. In light of that, and starting in one week, everyone in California will be able to use the service to catch and give rides.

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Waze update lets anyone use their own voice for navigation

Waze update lets anyone use their own voice for navigation

Waze has long offered downloadable navigation voices that enable users to get turn-by-turn instructions from any number of celebrities or fictional characters. Assuming the likes of Morgan Freeman and Homer Simpson weren't good enough, Waze has a new feature that enables users to use their own voice for navigation instructions. The feature has arrived in the Android version of the service and is called, appropriately enough, "Waze voice recorder."

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Waze adds Spotify integration for in-app playlists

Waze adds Spotify integration for in-app playlists

Navigation app Waze has announced a new integration with Spotify that brings playlists to the app. According to the company, this integration means users can now access their Spotify playlists from within the Waze app, eliminating the need to toggle between the two while on the road. You’ll know when the feature rolls your way when a Spotify icon appears within your Waze app.

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Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

It’s no secret that Waze has a ride-sharing service but it is also no secret that it isn’t aiming to compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft. At least not yet. Those two giants, however, should probably be a bit more wary regardless, especially in light of recent news. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Waze head Noam Bardin revealed plans to expand to more US cities beyond San Francisco, even reaching as far as Latin America. This could pretty much set the stage for a sudden change of direction should Waze decide to fully commercialize its Carpool service.

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Waze Carpool expands, isn’t competing with Uber, Lyft

Waze Carpool expands, isn’t competing with Uber, Lyft

It has long been reported that Google-owned Waze has been working on a ride-sharing service of its own. In fact, Waze Carpool has already been in use in Waze's home town of Israel. In the US, it's started off with a limited testing phase in San Francisco. Waze head of development Josh Fried revealed that Carpool is now actually operating in 9 counties inside San Francisco. But despite the still limited expansion, Waze has no delusions that it will be taking on ride-hailing giants like Lyft and Uber.

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Waze adds Top Gear trio as latest celebrity navigation guides

Waze adds Top Gear trio as latest celebrity navigation guides

Waze has announced that former Top Gear hosts Clarkson, May and Hammond will be its newest celebrity navigation guides, lending their voices to make your turn-by-turn navigation directions more appealing. Celebrity navigation guides aren't new to the platform, and in fact are one of its most beloved features -- past celebrity voices have included Morgan Freeman and others.

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