Posted 01/29/2014 at 10:17 AM
Posted 3 years ago
Waze, the Israeli crowd-sourced mapping start-up that was acquired by Google last year, is now on the lookout for beta testers for its Android app to play around with some of its new features.
According to Android Police, Waze has started a new closed beta program and posted a call for beta testers on its company forum. The program being closed means that it won’t be possible for anyone to just go out and grab an APK and start tinkering, but signup is open to all with “a chance to win some awesome swag” for taking part.
The only requirements for those looking to gain beta access to the app are that you have an Android device running 2.2 Froyo or later, a minimum 320 x 480 screen resolution, some technical sense and the ability to provide feedback in English. Basically, if you own an Android phone and speak English, you’re good to go.
Google originally purchased Waze in June of last year for a reported $966 million, with the promise that the service would remain separate from its own Google Maps. That promise of course did not stop fans of Waze worrying that the app would be closed. However, seven months down the line and the two apps remain apart – though they do share some features.
Back in August, Waze was improved thanks to the addition of Google Search, while Maps users on Android and iOS have been able to take advantage of real-time incident reports submitted by Waze users. With the new beta program, it seems that Waze and Google will be getting some new features on its next update. I’m not sure what these features are just yet, as Waze isn’t giving anything away, but Android Police predicts that they will build on the community-powered navigation that has made the app so popular.