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Waze finally receives Google Assistant functionality in the US (English only)
A couple months ago, we reported that Google Assistant was coming to Waze. Today, the feature is finally arriving in full for all English-speaking Android users in the US.
Saying “Hey Google” with the Waze app open allows users to report road obstructions, play music, make calls, or get directions with nothing but their voice. This offers a safer alternative to users taking their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road to manage these simple tasks.
Waze has been a respectable Google Maps competitor for years, even though Google acquired Waze in 2013. This is even more true now that one of Google Maps’ best features, Google Assistant, is now on Waze.
To start using Google Assistant in Waze, open the app, and a dialog box should appear prompting you to enable it. If the dialog box doesn’t pop up, tap the mic on the top right of the screen or go to the Google Assistant settings in Voice & Sound.
Once enabled, you can then use Google Assistant in Waze just like you would in Google Maps. Hopefully, we will see other languages and even iOS support soon.