Ever since Google acquired Waze in 2013 it has been adding its features to Google Maps. This led many to believe that the company may discontinue Waze in the coming days. However, for the first time ever it’s looking that Google wants Waze to exist separately, at least in foreseeable future, as the company has now integrated its Assistant functionality with this app. Clearly, this would not have been done if there would have been any plans of retiring Waze.
In case you don’t know about it, Waze is a GPS navigation app that collects data from its users and allows you to monitor real-time traffic, travel time, route details, and other details related to your traveling. Most of its features have now been made available in Google Maps, which led people to think that Google may discontinue it in the future. The integration of Assistant, however, has put those rumors to end. The new functionality has begun rolling out in the United States. Now when you launch the app on your smartphone or car dashboard you can ask Google Assistant to perform specific tasks within the app like launching music, sending messages to friends, making a call or getting a report about the traffic on various routes. You can also use the functionality to avoid tolls. It’s also worth noting that many of these Google Assistant features have already been added to Google Maps as well earlier this year in January.
You can check out the new features by updating your Waze app from Play Store. Or if you already have the latest version, you can test if these features have been enabled for you by saying “Hey Google!” while using the app.
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