As I use Apple Maps day to day, I to like Waze for car trips longer than about half an hour. With its proactive alerts for speed cameras, upcoming traffic and road debris, I find it essential for summer travel. One of Waze’s biggest innovations recently has been its Waze Audio Kit, a set of development tools that allows approved partners to fully integrate their applications with the Waze audio player.
While apps like Spotify have been around for years, we’re starting to get new apps approved and leveraged. Pandora was a recent addition. Castboxa popular podcasting app, is the latest such app to be approved to work directly in Waze.
I know I listen to a lot of podcasts in the car, so Castbox users who also use Waze will be able to control their podcasts without having to switch apps.
“The beauty of podcasts is that listeners can engage in other activities while fully immersing themselves in the content they love, making them ideal for commuting and long road trips,” said said Renee Wang, founder and CEO of Castbox. “Our integration with Waze allows us to keep our listeners continuously engaged with their favorite shows while ensuring a safer and more enjoyable journey.”
Once the apps are connected, Castbox users can access playback controls to pause, skip, or restart episodes without ever leaving the Waze browser screen. In the Castbox app, users can receive turn-by-turn directions while accessing their podcast libraries.
There’s also a lot of exciting stuff happening this summer with iPhone and CarPlay, so be sure to check out our iOS 13 CarPlay preview.
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