It’s been a hectic day for Windows Phone users, and now Microsoft’s mobile OS is getting another exciting new app, Waze. The social-mapping service was purchased by Google earlier this year, and its apps on Android and iOS offer a popular alternative to traditional map applications.
Waze uses crowd-sourced information to provide real time traffic updates along with other info, rewarding drivers for reporting additional details beyond what the app picks up automatically through your phone’s internal GPS. Waze updates you with road alerts for accidents, hazards, police traps, closures and more, automatically re-routing your directions when necessary. It can even use crowd-sourced information to help you find the cheapest nearby gas station.
Google and Microsoft don’t have the best relationship when it comes to Windows Phone. The two companies butted heads in the past over getting an official YouTube app onto the platform, but more recently the search giant has taken a friendlier tone. Earlier this week the company rolled out a useful update for its Search app on Windows Phone, and now Waze. Who knows what will come next.