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Waze may already be installed on your next smartphone

Google today announced that Waze will be an option as pre-installed software on Android smartphones. The move will provide OEM partners (and carriers) the opportunity to have the service already installed and ready to go for when consumers first switch on their new handsets.

While no one likes bloatware, it'll be a welcome move by those who use the service and would like to see Waze already installed when they pick up new hardware. Press release with more details follows below.

Waze launches Google Mobile Service option with preinstall selection for mobile devices

  • Provides the ability to OEMs and carriers to preinstall the application on their handsets
  • Users can enjoy Waze with real time road conditions, traffic and weather on his phone right out of the box

Madrid, March the 2nd, 2015.- Waze, the free social traffic and navigation app becomes a Google Mobile Service (GMS) with preinstall option on mobile devices. Thus, OEMs and carriers can preinstall the app on their handsets so that user can enjoy Waze directly on his phone straight out of the box.

Julie Mossler, Waze spokesperson, explains that "the announcement of Waze as a Google Mobile Service is the next step to become a platform that connects communities of citizens with the aim of promoting safer roads. OEMs and carriers now have the ability to help local markets to become connected cities overnight. "

The Waze Connected Citizens program, launched in 2013, connects more than 20 municipalities, law enforcement and departments of transportation with their citizens via a no-cost two-way public data share. The ability for consumers to more easily access Waze without visiting the App store means a likely expansion of data contributed to this program and greater intelligence about what's happening on partners' roads in real time.

"If a leading telecom preinstalls Waze in his handsets, a large percentage of the population would immediately have access to blocked roads, dangerous intersections traffic and more in real time," says Mossler. "There's an enormous opportunity to improve city efficiency and civilian connectedness just by enhanced exposure and we look forward to growing this community."

47 Comments
  • Please leave it in the play store, I don't want any more bloat on my phones. Google maps fill all my needs for satellite navigation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Amen I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Google maps doesn't get traffic updates as quickly nor can you see speed traps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got a traffic update that offered to change the route with Google Maps. Posted from the bando
  • Still doesn't justify installing it by default. He said it covers all of his needs, not yours. Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • Yea I pretty much get real time traffic updates from Google maps so this is not true. The speed traps on the other hand is very cool and has me curious about waze.
  • As long as I can uninstall an app, I have no problem with it being installed in the first place.
  • Yay, more Google boatware! You can never have enough of that! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can we just install it ourselves? Not everyone wants Waze.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App and Note 4
  • They should just integrate it into Google Maps and call it even. Best of both worlds, one app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like how they recently integrated the app 'Word Lens' into Google Translate.
  • They make it seem like we don't like visiting the app store. AC App on SGS3
  • As Google Maps continues to evolve, I see little need for additional apps like Waze and INRIX. I've tried both. Waze crowdsourcing caters to that desire for community importance so many appear to have, as if posting about a crash or speed trap along your route WHILE DRIVING is helping public safety and traffic flow. Lately, Google Maps has been fascinating in using its awareness of traffic conditions to route me along alternate paths to avoid major highway backups, and it also has access to my desktop Google Maps search history (which I decided to re-enable recently). Why bother with anything else?
  • I recall part of the agreement to purchase Waze was that it would continue to live independently for I think at least two years. Perhaps Waze will go away eventually. That amazing routing Google Maps has now? Thank Waze and its community. Perhaps Waze will never go away if Google needs it as an independent app.
  • Where do you think Google maps gets its traffic data? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google Maps is getting that data directly from the very Waze users you think are endangering public safety.
  • As much as I would like this to be together with Google maps, it's better seperate. Otherwise Google maps would be crowded. It works prefect the way it does now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Although I use Waze almost daily, I do NOT want it installed as system app!!! As far as Google Maps evolving, timely traffic information and rerouting on the spot is still not as fast as Waze. I drive around rush hour a lot and it's able to give me rerouting to faster way automagically. I used Google Maps this morning due to testing a new rom, and it was keep forcing me to go to the route that takes me 13 minutes, until it finally rerouted 1 minute in, in which the ETA changed to 6 minutes. So yeah. I'd like to reiterate though, I do NOT want it as a preinstalled app.
  • Whats the point of Pre-installing WAZE?????? if someone wants the stupid app, they will go in the playstore and get it! I believe there is more to this deal between waze and google because this just doesnt make sense. So what are you going to pre-install every fricking app that becomes popular on google play??????
  • They just about have installed every popular app on our phones whether we want them or not. Samsung is the worst about it. Luckily Motorola only does it with all their crap. Unfortunately I also have to deal with all 20 of Verizon's useless apps. Posted via the Android Central App on the 2nd Gen. Moto X
  • Great, yet another app I don't use being installed for me. People who will use it will go to get it from the play store anyway. I wish they would just leave our phones the hell alone and let us install only what we WANT installed. Posted via the Android Central App on the 2nd Gen. Moto X
  • As long as I can uninstall it I'm okay with. Posted via the Android Central App
  • no good. i think Waze made the recent list of biggest battery/data hogs.
  • Im not sure about the list but from experience, Waze drains battery fast. That's why I have not re-installed it yet after upgrading to a GN4. Atleast samsung is learning and cut down considerably on the bloatware with the s6 but like google is picking up the slack now.
  • In AVG's latest quarterly Android App Performance Report, the online security company studied one million of its users to see which apps were the most resource-consuming (data, battery and storage) on their devices. http://www.androidpit.com/battery-draining-apps
  • It's also one of the buggiest apps that I've ever used. It tells me I have no connection when I clearly do, the automatic day/night mode doesn't always work and it sometimes takes 2 or 3 tries to calculate my route even when I'm in my driveway and still connected to wifi. I like it for the real time traffic reports and that's why I continue to use it, but it needs some work.
  • hand off sucks between wifi and cellular. just turn off wifi before you start waze, and no more problems.
  • Same thing happens with me. I have full data and it says data not available. I love waze and use it every time I go out of town but I wish they would fix that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They need to make it look a lot better if they want people to use this over gmaps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • agreed. it looks cartoonish.
  • I don't like any pre installed apps but Waze is the best navigation app I've ever used and it is more useful when more people use it so why not? Like I said everyone has their favorite but chances are Waze has the exact same features and then some. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I started using Waze again this year.While I use it I'm not really a fan of it being pre installed,if its wanted getting it from the Playstore is easy enough to do . I feel this way about all the apps though not just Waze.
  • Leave my phone alone! POSTED VIA THE PRE-INSTALLED WAZE APP Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would love to see Waze updated to Material Design specs. It's so damn ugly.
  • I like waze, use it daily to avoid traffic congestion to and from work. But I don't understand why it's not just a part of Google maps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is why people root. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I do like Waze but I still like Google Maps and Google Earth as well. It is probably best that Waze remains a stand-alone option but part of me wishes it had greater integration into Maps. Neither Maps nor Waze does a good enough job warning in advance though. Most of the time Waze tells me of a traffic issue, it is too late for me to take an alternate route. That's not very helpful.
  • So . . the explanation as to why it needs to be pre-installed is ridiculous and somewhat insulting ones intelligence. Even if you like Waze, download it when you get home, they make it sound like you might have an accident on your way home without it or something . . sheesh Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love speed traps. It keeps idiots from speeding and putting lives in danger. Google maps is better anyways. Posted via BlackBerry Classic
  • Speed traps are about revenue generation you idiot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hope it's uninstallable. Google maps for the win! Posted via Android Central App
  • But people you are missing the cry of the Nexus elitist. This is android as Google says it should be. I heard for so long how physical buttons we the devil, so we're SD cards, and removable batteries. Now let's stop from backtracking. Google says it belongs in its skin. Just accept it. It isn't bloat. It is pure Google Android Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Google: We tried to force Google Buzz onto you. It sank into the swamp. We tried to force Google+ onto you. It sank into the swamp. We'll try forcing Waze onto you, and see if it burns down, falls over, and sinks into the swamp. Posted from my XT1080M
  • Google Again: We forced GMail on you, widely accepted. We forced Google Now on you, widely accepted. We forced Google Music on you, widely accepted. We forced Google Maps on you, widely accepted. We forcing Waze on you, widely accepted as soon as you realize it's the future of your mapping and navigation platform for the long haul. Just saying....
  • Great point. Overall waze is great. I prefer it to stay seperated from Google maps though. The features would clog Google maps. I use it in conjunction to Google maps and it works just fine. Posted via the Android Central App