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Waze or Google Maps: which GPS application should you prefer?

Waze and Google Maps are two widely used GPS navigation apps, both operated by Google, but with notable differences in terms of functionality, user interface, and recommendations for drivers.

Which of the two should you choose?

Notable differences

Let’s start by seeing what they have in common. Both offer basic features like voice navigation, route finding, travel time estimation in real time based on traffic, and automatic updating of routes in the event of problems on the road. But they are not in the same boat in terms of interactivity, interface or driving experience…

  • Interactivity. Waze emphasizes the user community by allowing drivers to report accidents, traffic jams, speed cameras, obstacles and other information in real time This data is then used to optimize routes for all users. Google Maps also has community features, but much less extensive than its competitor. Waze is THE benchmark for real-time interactivity!
  • Interface. Waze has a more playful user interface with colorful icons and dynamic visual alerts based on real-time information provided by the community. Google Maps offers a more streamlined and professional interface, placing more emphasis on clarity of maps and routes.

Other factors to consider

  • Price indicator. Waze offers real-time information on fuel prices, to help you find the most affordable gas stations along your route. Google Maps can display gas station information, but does not necessarily include real-time fuel prices, unfortunately it depends on the stations and fuel suppliers…
  • Services Google : Finally, note that Google Maps is integrated with other Google services like Google Search, Google Calendar, and Gmail, which can make it easier to access your apps and data while you’re behind the wheel, via the Google Assistant voice system. Waze, while owned by Google, is not as tightly integrated with other Google services.
  • Driving preference. If you enjoy a more interactive driving experience and want to benefit from real-time alerts provided by other drivers, Waze is the first choice. If you are looking for a navigation app that is more integrated with other Google services, a simpler user interface, and more professional use, Google Maps might suit you better.

The choice between Waze and Google Maps therefore depends on your personal preferences and the experience you are looking for. Some prefer the community aspect of Waze, while others favor the simplicity and integration capabilities of Google Maps. But the best way is still to try both applications to see which one best suits your needs…

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