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Waze just got an incredibly useful Google Maps feature

Updated Sep 9th, 2020 10:47AM EDT
Waze vs. Google Maps
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  • Google owns two of the most popular navigation apps on Android and iPhone, Waze and Google Maps, and the company has been working on bridging the feature gap between them in recent years.
  • Waze and Google Maps will not merge anytime soon, nor should they, but each app is borrowing useful features from its sibling.
  • Waze now supports an incredibly useful Google Maps feature, the ability to plan a drive on the desktop, save it, and then beam it over to an Android or iOS device.

Waze, the other popular Google navigation app, keeps getting better just like its Google Maps sibling. Both apps offer great experiences and have plenty of fans. Waze is more focused on getting you to your destination as fast as possible by incorporating crowdsourced information about the traffic ahead in real-time. Google Maps packs additional features that allow you to discover places of interest around you, on top of handling your commute and navigation needs. While Waze has a clear advantage over Google when it comes to incident reports, Google Maps has its own extra perks that are not available on Waze. One of them concerns the desktop experience, which is a lot richer on Google Maps. But Waze is quickly catching on.

Waze on Tuesday announced that an incredibly useful functionality is coming to Waze users on both Android and iOS. That’s the ability to plan drives and save them on a computer, and then beam that data to the mobile Waze app.

It all happens on the Live Map, which is where you’ll be able to set up your next drive. Pick your departure, choose the destination, and select when you plan on driving there. That information is then saved to the Android or iPhone app, via the “Save to app” feature. A notification will then pop up on your phone to access the drive you just saved on your PC. You will have to link your Waze app to the Waze desktop experience to make it all possible, and it’s all done via scanning a QR code with the handset.

Screenshot from Waze tutorial shows the app’s Live Map save to app functionality. Image source: Waze

Waze product manager Yael Schwartzberg said in a statement that a huge number of Waze users already visit the web version of Waze. They use Live Map to check on live traffic and road conditions. We’re excited to now simplify their experience by being the first navigation platform to bring their whole planned drive directly to their app at the click of a button. With many people stuck in front of their computers at home as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re now giving them a way to make the most of this setup and hit the road as easily as possible once it’s time to leave,” the exec said.

If the feature sounds similar, that’s because you can do the same thing with Google Maps on the web, whether you’re an Android or iPhone user of Maps.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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