Google has launched Waze version 4.0 to Android users, which promises to bring several exciting and useful features.

Waze 4.0 brings Android users a fresh new look, enhanced driving experience, easier way to share ETA with family members and friends and faster access to the user's frequent destinations, among other features.

"Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app," says Google. "Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all."

Other advantages of using Waze include real-time traffic-sharing within the local community; on-the-spot reporting of accidents, police traps and other road dangers; road alerts found along the user's route; the cheapest gas prices as shared by the community; easy navigation to Facebook and Calendar events in just a single tap; turn by turn voice-guided navigation; the ability to add friends and one's location details; and the privilege of earning points as a form of reward for contributing road info.

Users who have made significant contributions are also given the opportunity to climb the ranks within the community.

"Waze is all about contributing to and benefiting from the common good, so hop on board and get involved," adds Google.

The fresh new design in version 4.0 is meant to deliver easier navigation, sharing and reporting. It also brings a significant reduction in battery consumption.

Users also need fewer taps to start a drive or for sending locations and directions.

Moreover, Waze 4.0 features a new ETA panel that is a one-stop place for viewing reports, checking alternate routes and even assigning stops along the way. Users can also instantly send ETA to family members and friends through the panel.

Lastly, users can receive smart reminders that can help them leave on time to make it to their Calendar appointment. The app uses information such as traffic conditions and estimated drive times in order to send useful reminders to Android users.

The new Waze 4.0 for Android seems to have taken a number of cues from the app's iOS version, which was released in October.

The updated Waze for Android is now available at the Google Play Store, so check out the video below to get a better idea of what it has to offer.

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