Jul 22 AT 7:07 PM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

Win a myTouch 3G Android phone from Waze

Waze is one of my favorite Android applications for driving and it’s free.  I have been using the app since the early alpha release and in continues to improve each week.  The developers have been very active in the Android community and I wanted to share some recent news with you.  If you are new to Waze and looking for an introduction I suggest watching their guided tour or reading my thoughts I posted on CNET.

Free voice turn-by-turn directions

One of the big complaints with the free GPS service was the lack of voice directions while driving.  A recent blog post reveals that Waze will soon be adding this feature and sponsoring a “voice-off” contest to allow the community to submit their voices.  Look for this contest over the coming weeks.

Waze coming to new platforms

All the maps and traffic information found in Waze is generated by the community.  When there are more people wazing in your area, the application becomes more useful.  It is exciting to read that Waze has plans to release clients across all major smartphone platforms.  The larger community will be a huge plus and help to offer more accurate and up to date information.  Platforms that are set to receive Waze include iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Blackberry.

Win a myTouch 3G phone

“Waze across America” is a new contest that launched today to encourage more people to try Waze.  All you have to do is download Waze and submit a road report to be entered into the contest.  Winners will be selected from 1 out of the first 100 road reports for each state.  For complete contest information, visit the Waze blog.

Get involved

If you would like to get involved with the Waze community, there are a number of ways you can help.

  • Visit the official forums to report bugs and request new features.
  • Use the updated map editor to make corrections in your area and apply to become an area manager.
  • Continue driving with Waze to help update their live maps
  • Help spread the word about Waze to others by getting their latest updates from Twitter – @waze
Waze is constantly evolving which makes it one of my favorite apps.

Waze is constantly evolving which makes it one of my favorite GPS apps.

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  • Andrew

    Just downloaded it and tried it out on my way to work this morning. This app is awesome!! Unfortunately, I seem to be the only one using it in my area. I hope more people start using it!

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

    So, I’ve been using this for a while but today actually started looking for things to report. What I have found is that I have an extremely uneventful drive to work every day. I did add a construction “hazard” but am not sure if that is really the intent with the “hazard” category. I was a little surprised that there isn’t a “construction” category, to be honest.

  • kyle

    You just put it in as a Hazard. The app is fantastic. Still in Alpha version, so you can see the potential. The developers are great. They are very very active in helping the users out with it. If you havent tried it, def try it. If you used it before and left, come back as they have had a couple of updates already that have helped the app out bigtime.

  • joao

    The concept is excellent but needs to get over the cusp of number of users per area to become useful.

    Also, I just tried the app and the UI needs a lot of work. Don’t re-invent the wheel and stick to conventions. For example, when I open the app it tells me I have my GPS off (so far so well). What’s broken is that it uses a different alert window from what Android has. But the bigger bug here is that you don’t really press the “ok” button and have to press slightly below it.

    I’ll keep looking for updates. It’s promising, but there’s still a lot of work ahead here.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Be on the lookout for updates. There is a newer version about to be released in the Market.

  • kyle

    The whole idea of the giveaway is to get more users.

  • 16aR

    Too bad there isn’t data sharing between waze and OpenStreetMap…

  • http://myspace.com/lolbreebreebree FckingAllen

    I really wish the app wasn’t 2.17MB.

    Or someone should really put up a very dumbed down way to get Apps 2 SD. im sure it would be muuuuch appreciated.