Waze is fully optimized for use on the iPhone's iOS4

 

The new iOS4 for iPhone will be a great boost for location and navigations applications. It allows apps to run in the background while giving users the ability to simultaneously conduct other important tasks such as sending and receiving calls, all while still hearing turn-by-turn voice instructions. This new iPhone functionality is especially important for crowdsourced apps, such as waze, that rely on our users to passively provide their GPS and traffic data, so for us, it is key that users can now speak  on the phone while remaining connected to our app.

This great functionality comes with a price, though. Navigations apps, known for their heavy data consumption, can be forgotten in the background and significantly drain battery.  While some simpler implementations require the user to manually disconnect the app, waze has a different approach to background processing and shut down. When waze goes into the background, algorithms are applied to detect whether or not the device is in motion. Following a long standstill, waze will automatically close itself when it determines that you are no longer using the app, avoiding needless data and battery consumption.

Not only is waze cute, but it's smart, too!

7 comments:

  1. Very good to know... Now I won't have to worry about whether I left the app running or not.

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  2. Is this already occurring with the current version on the iPhone? I noticed when I "multi-task," and I use multi-task loosely, the loading screen from Waze appears and reconnects to the routing server to grab (regrab) my current route.

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  3. Great, so iphone users can actually navigate and talk at the same time, just like symbian users have been doing for .... well since the beginning of time. OK, since the beginning of WAZE.

    The idea of automatically shutting down WAZE after it detects that the user is no longer driving is a great idea, not only for iphone users but the rest of us also. Many times I start to feel the phone (Nokia E71) warming up in my pocket , only to discover that I forgot to turn off WAZE.


    Keep up the good work!

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  4. Disclaimer: Only if Waze is used in the user's right hand, right? Haha.

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  5. Yeah, I think this post should be clarified that it is only the new beta version that is optimized for multi-tasking on iOS 4. The current version in the app store does NOT contain the ability for multi-tasking. A little ahead of the game here...

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  6. Waze maybe optimized for iOS 4.0, but that newer optimized version isn't yet available in the AppStore (as of now, in the US). Also, will there be an updated version for the Retina Display?

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