Waze, the navigation app acquired by Google in 2013, has taken personalization to a whole new level. The app now lets users personalize voiced navigation to provide their own voice for turn-by-turn directions. While in the past, celebrity voices have been used in different apps, this is the first time a navigation app is providing users with a completely customized experience. Also Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account ownersAlso Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
The feature is presently available to only Android users and will soon be rolled out over iOS too. Users can choose to set their own voice or the voice of a family member/friend as the prompt voice. Additionally, Waze also lets users choose the number of prompts they wish to customize from a list available in the app. For the prompts that are not chosen, Waze will use the default system voice. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
In order to record prompts in their own voice, users need to open Sound & Voice under Settings and turn on the Waze Voice Recorder. The prompts for the recording will appear under the list. There are a total of 39 phrases available for customization. The new feature is aimed primarily at users in regions where Waze does not support voice directions in the local language. Apart from aiding such users, the feature can also be useful for tourists while visiting a new destination. ALSO READ: Google Fuchsia OS gets new UI, may replace Android in the future
However, in a blog post, Waze has cautioned users against recording prank voice commands and misguiding other users. While it might be fun to play a prank on a friend, it could lead to someone getting seriously lost if the prompts are incorrect. Waze has also requested users to be loud and clear while recording the sound for the prompts. Users can sing, shout or yodel as long as directions are accurate as per the blog post.
Currently available on Android devices (and coming soon to iOS), the Waze Voice Recorder allows you to add an extra hit of personality to your turn-by-turn directions and follow in the footsteps of Waze voice greats like Morgan Freeman, Keith Morrison, and recent additions, Mr. T and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 stars Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm, the blog post adds.