Waze finally gets Google Assistant integration

Enlarge Image Trying to report everything while driving can be a monumentally distracting task.                  Waze

Enlarge Image Trying to report everything while driving can be a monumentally distracting task. Waze

It was acquired by Google in 2013 and has been gaining more data ever since.

Using the Google app is about to get a lot easier on the eyes, because Google has begun rolling out dark mode for Search, Assistant, and the Discover feed.

If you don't have an infotainment system built in to your vehicle, you're still relying on the Waze app on your phone to help you navigate to your destination.

Much like other Google apps which have recently been spotted with a dark theme, users will be able to choose whether they would prefer the Google app's dark theme to be independent of the system's theme or not. Google Assistant, which arrived in Google Maps back in January, is now available in Waze. What's interesting is that the assistant now includes some Waze-exclusive commands. People can say "Hey Google, report traffic" or "Hey Google, avoid tolls", and it'll act just as if you tapped your way to the same conclusion on the screen. Traffic reporting is one of the strong suits of Waze.

Trying to report everything while driving can be a monumentally distracting task.

The first thing you'll see is a notice when opening the Google app that tells you the dark theme is enabled and you can turn it off in settings.

Google's blog post mentions that the feature is only live in the U.S. right now. We should see Waze's Google Assistant integration roll out to many countries as soon as the company makes sure that it works as intended. You can download the app directly from APK Mirror or try enrolling in the beta program to get the latest version.

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