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Waze this morning has taken the wraps off Version 3.0, which brings Foursquare and Yelp integration to the Android navigation app. It's also bringing a new minimal user interface, and social location stack, meaning more community-currated information than ever.

We've got the full press release and download links after the break.

Waze, the World’s Fastest-Growing Driving Community Launches v3.0 for Android; Crowd Goes Wild

Foursquare & Yelp Integration Brings Social Layer to Android Navigation

(Palo Alto, Ca.) January 31, 2012 -- Waze, the now 12 million-strong community of traffic resistors is happy to announce the newest tool in the battle against traffic: version 3.0 for Android. The latest iteration of the app features a complete overhaul from the ground up, including a new minimalist graphic interface as well as Foursquare and Yelp POI integration to make it the most powerful local search navigation system on the market.

New Minimalist UI

The new graphic redesign takes full advantage of Android phones’ screen size by minimizing the Waze interface to display only 2 large buttons on a full screen map. In addition, a new display of traffic and events en route helps drivers makes the smartest travel choices before they leave. The guidance system has also been amplified with large fonts and complete text-to-speech capabilities for optimized hands-free navigation -- plus the new aesthetic gives the app a little more swagger and style.

The New Social Location Stack

Traditional GPS systems are built on static, old world maps and points of interest, which never reflect real-time information about new businesses, pop-up shops, or live local events. The new social eco-system provides a combination of consumer-generated data from people driving, checking in, and reviewing locations in real-time. This layer of social location information is now available to drivers in a navigation setting. With community-curated data from Waze, Foursquare, and Yelp, drivers can now search for real-time events as easily as they would find their local Walmart.

#1 Transportation App With 87,000 Reviews & 4 ½ Stars

The Waze Android community sure is passionate about outsmarting traffic together. Waze is consistently number one in the free transportation apps in the Android Marketplace, maintaining a steady 4 ½ star rating from nearly 87,000 reviews; nearly 5 times the count of the next most popular app.

Waze is available for free in the Android Marketplace or at http://m.waze.com.

About Waze

Waze is a social traffic & navigation app based on the world's largest community of drivers sharing real time road info and contributing to the “common good” out there on the road. By simply driving around with Waze open users passively contribute traffic and other road data. Users can take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a 'heads-up' about what's to come– and because it’s 100% user-generated, the more people who use Waze, the better (and more fun) it gets!

 

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Waze 3.0 brings Yelp, Foursquare integration

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Before they start adding more crap they need to get the app stable. I've been using the app for six months and at least fifty percent of the time the app just stops running, no notification, no force close, the app just disappears! As far as I'm concerned this app is still in Beta!

What device and version of Android are you using? Have you reported the issues or emailed the developer? Unfortunately developers can't test their apps on every device. They rely on users (us) to inform them of issues. It's not always convienent, but it's just the way Android works. A quick email or a crash report goes a long way to improve the Android experience for everyone.

Trust me I'm a retired engineer and I've sent them crash reports every time the app gave me the opportunity, but when it just disappears it doesn't give you much to send!

Having said that, I've been using the new version today and it hadn't done it's disappearing act yet so there's hope for this app yet!

Just downloaded the new version and I'm not impressed, because getting access to Contacts is tedious and then it doesn't accurately search for contacts that are in the database. And when it does find a contact, it does not find a route, instead prompting for additional similar addresses, despite the fact that Sprint/Telenav finds the addresses and routes for the same contacts without a problem.

The new Waze looks nice, but is a huge step backward. Somebody should have kept in mind that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

I tried it and hated it a couple of months ago. It apparently relies completely on user-generated maps which apparently don't exist in central Pennsylvania. It consistently gave me routes that were 100's of miles longer than the shortest one, and didn't even recognize such outlandish concepts as over/underpasses and would just tell me to make a left (apparently down the embankment to the road 50 feet below me). Didn't even recognize the concept of exit ramps and would tell me to simply "take a left" rather than "exit right onto the exit ramp"

Horrible experience all-around in my area.

Upgrade on the market completely failed on Stock GNex.
I had to remove the app and do a clean install for it to work properly. Other then that, it's a great app and I highly recommend it to anyone on the road.
Also, they have a great widget for the home screen.

The new version has fixed a few things for me, like street names, with the previous version it probably did not show the street names 90% of the time and the new I have not had a time where it did not show the street names. @EvilMonkey, I guess no one is updating the streets in your area, mine are fine and when I do find a problem, I just go the site and submit a fix.

Just downloaded it now to try it out. Interesting. This is a really cool idea. I like the idea of people working together to figure traffic out. And I really like the Foursquare integration. My only caveat is that the navigation seems a little buggy, and that is something you definitely don't want in a nav app.