22 July 2019
There is no doubt to the popular opinion that Waze is one of the best and most useful maps and navigation apps out there. It is true that its user base does not have massive as Google Maps but it does have a loyal user base. It is popular among users because of its crowd-sourced information like traffic updates, cops, and accident alerts. And now, it is set to become even better with the latest update that is getting released.
Google has announced that Waze is now receiving native Google Assistant integration. This is similar to the integration on Google Maps but there are various Waze-specific features as well. It will allow users to make use of voice commands for getting things done instead of interacting with the phone via touch input. In other words, this should result in a less distracting driving experience despite taking full advantage of the application.
Google Assistant will allow users to control music playback, podcasts, send text message replies, search for places on the route, add new stoppages, share ETA with friends, and much more. There are features to improve Waze experience as well which include reporting traffic, accident, police, asking for alternate routes, and allow/avoid tolls/highways.
There are two ways users will be able to make use of the integration on Waze. They will see a colorful microphone icon on the right side of the navigation interface. Tapping on the icon will trigger Google Assistant and you can make use of the relevant voice command depending on the need. Alternatively, you can just say "Okay Google" as you do it on your smartphone and that's it.
The Waze Google Assistant integration is currently limited to Android and English-speaking users in the U.S. Google is yet to share details regarding Waze's Assistant integration expansion to iOS devices and other parts of the world. We will keep you updated as and when it will happen.
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