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| August 28, 2013
Waze Updated With More Accessible Search, Cleaner Map UI And New Sleep Mode
The popular social navigation app Waze has just arrived at another update. First and foremost, the latest update to Waze ensures that searching for an address, place, or contact is easier than ever. That's on account of the search bar's being accessible right on the map. Previously, you had to tap the Navigate option in the Report panel in order to perform a search. The update also makes the map UI cleaner as it shows elements on the map based on distance and groups duplicate reports together. In addition, the new version of Waze gets rid of the Switch Off function in favor of a new Sleep mode, which offers an easier way to resume the app. Note that while the app is in Sleep mode, Waze is not active and you're not contributing data or earning points. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. Also including optimization and bug fixes, the new version of Waze is available now in the App Store for free. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. Launched on iOS four years ago, Waze was acquired by Google last June reportedly for as much as $1.3 billion. The acquisition was rumored to have been completed following a bidding war involving Facebook and Apple. Last week, Google introduced the first form of integration between Waze and its popular mapping service, Google Maps. Thanks to this integration, the traffic tab in Google Maps features real-time traffic incident reports by Waze users. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]