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Google Maps Update Rolling Out Today, Brings Waze Integration to 46 More Countries


Back in June, Google officially purchased the GPS and traffic application Waze so they could implement it into Google Maps. Luckily for most of us, they were pretty quick on the uptake, eventually adding traffic reports into Google Maps in August. Today, they are looking to expand that functionality to even more people around the world. 

Google took to their Maps Facebook page to announce this latest update. When it rolls out to you, it will bring Waze traffic reports to 46 more countries and territories. Unfortunately, they do not go into any more specifics on what this update will entail, and since it is a staged rollout, we do not have the changelog to share with you. We will keep you updated as soon as we hear more.

Play Links: Google Maps | Waze

Via: Facebook

  • Neko El Gato

    Up next, Google Maps integration with Google+ and Youtube Comments!

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  • Just_Some_Nobody

    I stopped using GMaps and went back to Waze. My only wish is that Waze would release a new version that matches Android UI design principles.

  • coolsilver

    *insert my typical rant on how Navigation in Maps now sucks*

  • BigWormBigPerm

    Bring back traffic view you sick bastards

    • oog

      Route preview is a little like traffic view but not really….

      • Billyt

        No, not really like you said. Being able to actually see the traffic colors on your route might be a good place for them to start.

  • gcw1313

    it would be nice if the https://www.google.com/maps/preview?hl=en&authuser=0#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d3724972!2d-82.6692525!3d40.3652775 version worked. street view has a problem. doesn’t see flash player.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Speaking of Maps…where the hell is Street View! I can’t find it since the new maps

    • T4rd

      You have to install street view separately through the Play Store.

  • S2556

    Live in Canada

  • Billyt

    Google ruined Navigation and I hate them for it.

    • Neko El Gato

      I got it back by uninstalling the update. Pissed me off too.

  • Now add user reported police!

  • MikeSaver

    Do I need to have Waze installed for this to work?

    • DanSan


    • I have same question

    • T S

      no. just GMaps. just used navigation this weekend on my Nexus 5 and already had this update. it’s pretty useful.

  • Tyler Rynberg

    This would be great if Maps 7.X wasn’t a steaming pile of crap. Still running 6.X and happy to be doing so.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      You do you…the rest of the world will continue to move forward.

      • Tyler Rynberg

        So progress is removing useful features, making the remaining features harder to use, but making the app more pretty?

        Perhaps you’re on the wrong mobile OS.

        • JNawaz

          Yeah Windows Phone got that covered, and iOS is following suit.

      • LP @ThisisEther

        bruh, they’ve literally scaled by a number of useful features in the newer apps. I’ll stay on the old joint too….

    • Raven

      I agree. I won’t be updating to Maps 7 on my phone until they bring back My Maps. I rely on my stored maps too much to be without them.

  • zach wheeler

    So if everyone stops using WAZE and goes back to Gmaps, all the Waze indications and information will go away…………isn’t that a bit counter productive? I used to use Waze because it showed accidents and traffic in real-time but the UI sucks. So now I’m back to Gmaps but if everyone else does the same thing, ….. no more Waze?

  • Nathan D

    I think they switched the direction of the double-tap and drag to zoom.
    Makes no sense, but the Google Maps used in AccuWeather is opposite of that in the stock Maps app.

  • DanSan

    i’d love to get police trap reporting in google maps. that would be nice!

    any idea on version number? 7.4 dropped last week

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  • chaoslimits

    I don’t understand; Why use GMaps over Waze? Doesn’t this still require Waze users to input the data?

    • Dominic Powell

      Its just taking data they already have from the Waze service and implementing it into GMAPS… over time this integration will become tighter and possibly including two way sharing of traffic and accident information, as well as road updates etc.

    • MikeCiggy

      I am not and have never been a Waze user. I definitely welcome to information being relayed into gmaps. I think we can assume that eventually all of the reporting tools will also be brought the gmaps and Waze will be no more.

      • chaoslimits

        I hope so. GMaps definitely a lot more polished than Waze. However, I’d want more people to stick to Waze until then (since Waze users are the source of the active reports). Since switching to Waze, I haven’t gone back to GMaps.

      • Jial2010

        MikeCiggy I hope not (Waze will be no more). sure the waze interface isnt the nicest but having ran both Gmaps and Waze on over 15 different phones iv noticed that Waze runs better. On high end phones and even low end ones as well. meaning more people get the good navigation.. if they phase it out, and leave just gmaps unless your running a medium device gmaps will be useless. Take for example users of boost, who saw an increase in the samsung galaxy precedent phones. Those phones had limited ram/memory and Gmaps crashed after 20 minutes of use on avg. Waze???? after running it for 2 a day for 6 weeks still no crash.

        I like google, and their map program, but i like the ease of use and low resource requirements of Waze.

    • Grizzly Atoms

      This makes it so that people who don’t like the Waze interface can still use maps with added input. Personally, I think Waze looks like something built for Gingerbread with the graphics from Yahoo’s webpage from 2003. I can’t be the only one that doesn’t want to use ugly applications.

  • Colton

    we still have a waze to go before —
    …ok that was pretty much the joke

    • mechapathy

      I was trying to bone my girlfriend, and she said there was no waze.

      Damn staged rollouts!

      • Ben Garner