Charity is wondering why she can't use GPS in Google Maps. She's on Android. Leo says to make sure your GPS is enabled. You also want to be sure your data is turned on. Leo also recommends using Google's other maps app ... WAZE. It's very popular and if that works, then you know that your GPS and Data is working and the maps app has corrupted. Easy to fix. Uninstall, then reinstall. The chatroom says that there is a legitimate blue dot issue that is related to a weak location. If there's also an error that says "cannot update maps," then that means you're not getting data.
Corey wants to know if Waze can be used on her Hyundai's Android Auto screen. Leo says Waze just got out of beta for Android Auto. But Corey has an iPhone, which uses CarPlay. He knows that Waze is in beta for CarPlay, but it's a bit tricky to install it. Check out Carplaylife.com for tips on how. Currently, it won't display on CarPlay, and Google has no plans to do so.
Laura has Real Time Traffic with Sirius XM and it doesn't work very well. Leo says he gave up on that. The best solution is the phone, not the car. It takes forever for a car maker to update the software in the car. Her phone gets updated all the time, though.
Jim is annoyed with Waze because it always redirects him away from his preferred route just to save a few seconds. He only wants a new route if the time savings is substantial. Leo says that it would be great if he could set a preferred route, but most just allow users to choose fastest routes or shortest routes. He can select "don't allow dirt roads or difficult intersections." Leo says he usually just ignores an odd route and Waze will simply recalculate.
If Mike goes into the app settings, he can make Waze his default navigation app. He'll also want to get rid of Google Maps, or at least disable it. He may need to go into the Google Now settings as well. If he goes into the Waze settings, he can tap on "Open supported links" and select "Open in this app."
This worked for Leo, but Mike is on a Samsung Galaxy S8, so it's conceivable that Samsung has done something to prevent him from being able to change that default.
Tom is a truck driver and relies on AM radio for traffic conditions, but he's had more difficulty picking up stations lately. He's wondering if the stations aren't broadcasting as strong of a signal these days. Leo says that the signal should be just as strong. The way that we hear AM radio over a long distance varies on the weather, because the signal is actually skipping off the atmosphere as it's traveling. When the atmosphere is just right, it will skip off of it and enable him to hear distant stations.
Joe has to pay $150 a year to have his MyFordTouch apps updated. Why should he do that anymore when Waze is in real time? Leo agrees. There's a huge mismatch between how long it takes to build and update a car as an app. Ford no longer supports My Ford Touch and Ford Sync, since that was a Microsoft product. Instead, Ford got app developers to write for them. And the new generation has both Apple (CarPlay) and Android (AndroidCar). They're using the phone as an extension of the car and as such, updates will happen over the air. Unfortunately, it's only with new models.
Glenda is a dog walker and she wants a GPS tracker that her clients can access so they can see where their dogs are. Leo says that's a nice idea. Most smartphones can do it, and there's a great app called Glympse she can use. It's on Android and iOS she can share her location in real time on Google Maps. Waze also has GPS tracking.
Garmin also has GPS trackers for dogs that she can place on dog collars.
Waze is a really cool maps app with social media. Now, there's word that Google is buying Waze for $1.3B. That's quite a windfall for not only the developers, but the venture capitalists that have invested heavily into it. Leo says Google will incorporate Waze into Google Maps to make it even better. Leo says that it's also equally likely that, like YouTube, Google will just let Waze be Waze.