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Black Friday devices, smartphones and wearables: What’s new

Black Friday arrives right in the season of major innovations in technology and devices. Discover what it is trending and choose your favorite smartphone, wearable or Virtual Reality gadget.

Autumn brings us more gifts than Santa Claus in terms of technology. Both Apple and Google have recently launched their flagship products and Huawei has recently joined the game with a new high-class proposal. We talk about smartphones and wearables, but also about the most about advanced Virtual Reality headsets and cameras. Those that have been rushed to be updated for the deals of the Black Friday.

Flagship smartphones ready for Black Friday

We have been waiting long to unbox the latest smartphones. They come with new cameras that include artificial intelligence, high resolution in low light and incredibly powerful engines. However, the most expert users also dazzle us with technical details that promise wonders. An example of this is the range of iPhones Xs, Xs Max and Xr that Apple presented in September, disputing its successful bionic chip A12.

Apple

The CPU of the chip is 50% faster than its predecessors. If you ask why you would want so much power, wait to see what the smartphone is capable of, thanks to its predictive technology with machine learning. This allows the iPhone to predict what you are going to do. Where you are going to go and which photos you’ll probably share. And even more, what apps you’re most likely to open. For more information read our review here.

Google

Another big Silicon Valley company, which rarely launches devices, has presented its new Pixel 3. Google has introduced great advances in terms of camera, resolution and CPU, maintaining its classic shape.

The Pixel 3 camera is capable of taking up to 15 photographs in HDR in low light conditions. It also detects in which photographs we appear blurred or with closed eyes and eliminates them before saving them in the gallery.

However, what we are most thrilled about is its software – especially when we talk about the Google Lens application. It traps information and links it to the next natural step. For example, if we scan a restaurant menu, the app will directly give us information about the place and show us its phone number to make a booking. In some countries available the smartphone will directly make the call for us with its AI speaker. Needless to say, your native Android will be one of the best advantages of the OS.

Huawei

Huawei has also presented its latest high-end model, the Mate 20 Pro. This phone has three back cameras with artificial intelligence that detects and adjusts the exposition to capture us in the best resolution possible. However, the autonomy of the battery compared to other competitors is one of its main advantages, as well as the performance of the phone and the fluidity of the screens.

Wearables to buy on Black Friday

Smartwatches are today the most stable and extended wearables in the market. Although sometimes it is hard for us to get used to the fact of using a mini screen, it is true that they are reinventing themselves by offering more and more options.

This is the case of the latest Apple Watch Series 4, which has entered very seriously into the field of health and fitness, with a new ECG that stores information about our heart rate and detects arrhythmias. In addition, it has introduced a new way of navigating its haptic digital crown that predicts new changes in other smartwatches OS. Read the full review here.

Samsung is also betting on wearables but keeping the design of a standard watch, for those who like to go with a classic style. The new 4G Samsung Galaxy Watch is now finally available in most countries. This smartwatch detects the type of exercise we are doing and helps us control it and improve it. It also keeps track our intake of water or caffeine.

According to some experts, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is better at the audio system than other high-end smartwatches, and its OS Tizen is quite fast.

Virtual Reality to watch at the Black Friday

With Black Friday weekend around the corner, one of the things we’re more excited about is the new trends in Virtual Reality applied to Gaming. Sony has made one of the most attractive bets in this area with its Playstation headset with Virtual Reality. The pack comes with a PlayStation VR headset, a camera and two Move controllers that will take the latest games from the Japanese house up to a new level.

According to Facebook a few weeks ago, the new Oculus 2 headset will not be released until next year. This is because, in addition to software and hardware development, the company is trying to polish a global-scale strategy to make it a mainstream product, for which they need new VR games and apps, more competitive prices or VR usage scenarios. We’ll stay tuned.

Best apps for navigating in the city

Best apps for navigating in the city in 2018

When we are in a traffic jam we often open Google Maps, Sygic or Waze, some of the best apps for navigating in the city. We see the traffic in real time and save a few minutes by taking a new, clearer path. When we travel to a new city we no longer go to the tourist office for a map but open our favorite GPS navigator app and find the ‘duomo’ at first sight. We are expert users.

That’s why navigation apps no longer seduce us with words like real time or precision. The future should offer us more. And so the present. Therefore we have shortlisted the latest news and the best apps for navigating in the city.

1.  AUGMENTED REALITY TO NAVIGATE IN A CITY

How many of us have still lost with a GPS navigator in hand? Augmented Reality, a technology that we related to games like Pokemon Go, can help in the subject. Google recently announced new changes in the Google Maps app in its I / O conference.

Among them, one of the most significant bets in the world of augmented reality was to include arrows that help navigation on foot through the city. These arrows are placed on the street that we take and at the crossings to improve the understanding of the indications that the navigator gives us.

In addition to arrows that guide us positioning the smartphone on the sidewalk, there are other ways to interact with the city through augmented reality. One of the best apps for navigating is Blippar.  This application goes a step further by placing titles on the monuments and museums we pass through. A feature that delights the traveler but also the citizen, who often passes by without knowing what is in them.

“The accuracy of Urban Visual Positioning can take location-based AR to new levels of engagement. For example virtual departure boards in front of train stations, interactive guides in front of famous landmarks. Or even a virtual menu hanging on the wall of a restaurant”, said the company on its website. 

2. HYPERLOOP NAVIGATION

Here is one of the most used apps for navigating in the world. It was created by Nokia years ago and now it has millions of users. Its new alliance with Hyperloop will place its technology to their native app Virgin Hyperloop One. This app will soon include Hyperloop routes in its repertoire of transport options.This will make it one of the most complete apps for navigating in the world.

The supersonic train that we have been listening to for years has just premiered its first vehicle in Cádiz, Spain. The train is nearly finished and it will be assembled in Toulouse, France, where the Airbus planes are also built. Once the construction is completed, the train will arrive to Dubai to perform the first public route in the history of Hyperloop, that will connect the Arab emirates.

“Hyperloop is not just about A to B, it’s an end-to-end passenger experience. That means no waiting at any point along the journey,” said in a statements Matt Jones, Virgin Hyperloop One’s SVP of Software Engineering. He also added: “Here shares our vision for optimizing travel. We will redefine the passenger experience by offering real time, on demand travel connecting hyperloop, other modes, and even indoor walking directions”.

We might wonder if Here will also integrate this experience in their app in the future. Stay tuned for it!

3. ORDER AHEAD WHILE DRIVING

Apps for navigating strive not only to optimize the routes but to offer a complete experience for the users while they travel or commute. For example, we can compare petrol prices in the nearest gas stations, find free parking spaces, or see the state of the traffic.

Speaking again of the king of the maps, Google, we came across some interesting news. Google maps is launching a new version that includes direct access to Spotify without leaving the app. Although this is not the great innovation we were looking for, it gets useful when we are driving.

These features inside our apps for navigating make our daily commute more bearable. But if we could also use that time for personal benefits such as ordering food, that would be great. That is exactly what somebody thought at Waze app. The navigation app has made an agreement with Dunkin Donuts to enable us purchasing coffee and doughnuts directly from Waze while we use it to drive to work. That means when we arrive to the store our order is ready to pick up.

This integration may be a faster way than simply using the breakfast brand’s own app. Presumably, we believe that it will use the ETA (estimated time of arrival) of the route we have chosen and notify the nearest store when we will arrive. 

“It could be almost anything that a driver could order ahead and have ready for pick up“, said to Associated Press Jordan Grossman, head of Waze’s partnerships in North America. According to a Dunkin Donuts representative, the agreement made sense because both services are related to the time of the commuting. 

4. FIND YOUR FRIENDS AND THE PLACE TO GO AT THE SAME TIME

One of the most basic needs we have is to find people. Finding a physical store is fairly easy as it does not change its emplacement. However, people are in constant movement and it is difficult to find them in crowded places such as in city centers, bars, shopping areas or parks. That’s why Wave Application is one of the best  navigating apps to find friends by sharing live locations on a private map.

On Wave, group maps represent a new level of interaction between friends or relatives. In addition to display the location of several people on the same map, we can set meeting points. This makes it easier for us to choose the bar, park or house of our friend as a meeting point. Once is placed, we can navigate there, call an Uber to get there or edit it.

“There are no barriers for real time location services anymore, so our biggest challenge is to become an indispensable tool in all the smartphones users. That is why we are continuously developing new features to complete the user experience”, said Manuel de la Esperanza, CEO of Wave Application, in a statement.

What do you think of these navigating apps? Will they change the way you move? Stay tuned for more news about maps and navigation. 

Wave Application team Silvia Polo

Wave interviews – UX and web designer, Silvia Polo

Silvia is the most demanding app user in the world, as an expert in UX and as a web designer, she knows what works and what does not and expresses it with the creative experience of a doctor in communication. We interviewed our web designer and UX, Silvia Polo, to discover her tricks and tips at work. Get to know her!

 

1.- What do you love about Wave?

What I like the most about Wave is being able to work on an innovative project that shapes the needs of the market and having the chance to see the company grow little by little, expanding the team and improving the product. 

2.- You joined Wave in its earliest stage, how has your design evolved since then?

I come from an advertising agency. Although I had worked in a digital consultancy, I had not been involved in UX so much until I joined Wave, three years and a half ago. Since then, I have taken care of the design of UX and I have gotten fully into this world, while I have developed myself as a web designer. We all have been working step by step to understand the user and to develop the product in the best way possible.

3.- As a designer you impregnate the look and feel of Wave in all your designs in different formats and styles, so what are your tips to not lose this vision when innovating?

Well, above all, I know well who Wave’s target audience is and what are the design standards that we set ourselves at the beginning. Therefore, I try to maintain them while I set a young tone and I follow the current design trends. Besides, I always take in consideration our branding and make sure that we are not repeating ourselves so we don´t lose the users.

4.- What values of Wave do you use to create designs that connect with your audience?

Wave is an app that helps people to meet so they can be together, that’s why we focus on this concept a lot, and we bring up the concept of closeness, of being together, of going out to do things, to do sports or to enjoy a friendship. We especially try to use a carefree, young voice that can connects with our users.

5.- What trends do you find interesting in the field of lifestyle applications such as Wave?

Well, I see especially important the immediacy and the need to be connected at all times. What surprises me is that knowing this, there are still many apps that are not able to give the necessary tools and features to help users in their day to day. This is something that makes Wave stands out from others.

6.- Which part of the design process do you enjoy the most?

Well, for example, I really like the wireframe part, when step by step I start painting the application from some sketches. It is fascinating to see how something that was a doodling in a notebook ends up being a logical and attractive product. I love trying different styles, always within our guidelines, to see how we can innovate through design.

7.- How do you keep yourself fresh?

This is a profession in which you have to be up-to-date and I mean it literally. Every day new products, applications, websites, videos come out. We are hyperconnected and the startup world is very trendy and moves so fast. I read a lot, I’m into many newspapers and blogs, I follow designers to see what they are doing, I dive into a couple of social networks about creative work, especially to know what is being done to professional level in web design and UX.

I believe that is very important to keep myself informed of what is happening, not only at the UX level, but at everything related to creativity: advertising, art, podcasts, books, series… All of these sources are a great visual library to search for inspiration.

8.- You are a communication doctor and an expert in web and UX design, what inspires you the most to be part of a team like Wave?

My doctoral thesis was about advertising and creativity in social networks at the time that I was working on Wave. I was designing campaigns, so I was able to transfer part of my experience to my studies and enhance my experience.

What also inspires me on Wave is being surrounded by a large team of professionals from whom I can learn about areas that I do not control directly and I can take that knowledge both to work and to my personal life.

9.- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Aww, that is a very difficult question. I see myself working on the most innovative project of geolocation of the moment, I see that Wave will have evolved a lot. Hopefully, I will continue to be part of a team that grows every day and that is focused on goals that matter.

 

Wave interviews – CTO, Pablo Clemente

Our super CTO has sat down with us to tell us his secrets, his tricks at work and what he likes the most about computers. He follows the Japanese proverb that says fall down seven times and get up eight, and explain his best practices in this interview. We introduce you to Pablo Clemente, CTO and partner of Wave Application.

1.- Hi Pablo, tell us a little bit about you! How did you end up leading one of the most inspiring tech companies in Spain?

Hi! I’m a telecommunications engineer from Madrid with three masters degrees. I have always believed that the only way to stay ahead of the curve in this demanding and ever changing technical world is to keep an always learning attitude. I have always loved startups, sometimes people forget that even the largest trees were actually born from seeds, and companies are no different.

Being there to witness and be part of that process is an amazing treat. I have worked for many companies but when I finally met Luis and Manuel and heard their initial idea for Wave, it was clear this was the best possible place to be.

2.- What do you love about Wave?

I have always loved the idea that a smartphone enables us to carry a full fledged computer in our pockets. The potential of this has always been staggering and has opened a new era of innovation that will change and make people’s life easier.

Wave is the culmination of that philosophy, we have created a product that helps people meet each other. In a world where social networks and messaging apps are leading to seeing less people in the real world, it is a joy to finally have a product that encourages you to meet the people you care about. Wave is the anti-social network.

3.- How did you managed to start Wave?

A project like Wave is both the challenge and the opportunity of a lifetime. I always felt all my knowledge, courses and experience were there to led me to Wave. I’ve always been a very curious person and that has enabled me to become a full-stack developer, and then a CTO, so that gave me the upper hand when tackling such an ambitious project, as I could undertake many tasks.

However, Wave at the same time built me. I have learnt and learn so much in the day to day of running it that every day has been a very enriching experience.

4.- How do you manage a team of different profiles?

This is a great question. Many developers are extremely specialized, so it is important to help them understand that Wave is a constant team effort. For instance, there is no point in creating beautiful designs and interfaces if the servers running everything are being oversaturated.

As a CTO I always try to convey a birds eye view of everything to everyone who works in Wave, so that as specialized as they may be, they get the idea of what they are doing and how that fits in all the cogs that make Wave run like clockwork.

5.- How can you actually implement technically your product considering that there are great global differences?

We have always had a laser like focus on creating the best possible location product, one that was the ultimate expression of simplicity, security and effectiveness. We love talking to our users and understanding how they use Wave, what they want to see and how they want it.

Being a worldwide app means that we have huge amounts of information to go through, but it is a very rewarding process when you feel you have nailed what people want.

6.- What is the thing that most inspires you about your team in Wave?

It is the privilege of a lifetime to work with such a talented team as a CTO. They are all amazing professionals and incredible people. It is awe striking to see how everyone seeks perfection at every turn, taking care of Wave as their own personal product, always questioning everything, striving to make something that carries our fingerprints and we can feel immensely proud about.

7.- What are the challenges for the next months / years?

We are in the midst of undergoing a huge revamp of the App. This years have been a huge learning process for us, we have learnt so much about what geolocation is to people, and how we can make meeting easier and do so in such a secure way even the military would not hesitate to use our apps.

However, sometimes it is time to rethink the core experience, using your knowledge to help you reach new heights. We are almost on the verge of releasing a new product that we think will raise the bar of what we expect of a geolocation app.

We are also very focused on a business to business approach, as we are currently working with schools, insurance companies, and deliveries to provide them with the best geolocation technology to empower them to embrace a whole new world of benefits.

8.- Does Wave plan to evolve into a personalized experienced for the users, based on their habits?

Of course, as you mentioned in a question earlier, we are a worldwide app, having to accommodate a diverse spectrum of countries and cultures. Furthermore, when you think of it, every user is different, so why should the app be the same for all? We are working on a way of making sure that Wave is not only a cool app, but it is YOUR cool app.

9.- As Facebook privacy crisis arises, people are more concerned than ever about sharing their data online, so how does Wave manage the privacy of their users?

We believe managing sensitive data is a responsibility, and one that should not be taken lightly. Privacy is at the core of Wave’s mechanical heart. Sharing your location is a daunting proposal and the only way we can expect people to trust us and use our App to do so, is by committing to highest possible standards of protecting that data.

We use SSL, end to end encryption, and a complex variable token mechanism to ensure that only the people you are sharing your location with are able to see it. We will never compromise on security, we owe that to our users for their trust and support.

10.- How do you see the mobile landscape in the near future in terms on location based services?

Right now location based services are booming, from localised tweets and posts, to all types of map interactions. It is clear that user’s demand a leader in geolocation technology that they can trust, and this has led it to become the next big gold rush. Many companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram are gearing towards location sharing.

This is great news for us, since they have validated a model we have been working on since 2014. Now we are stronger and more experienced than ever, and the future looks bright, both for users and for us.

11.- Do you have a sentence that describes yourself?

Yes,  there is a Japenese proverb that says fall down seven times and get up eight. I think  you are constantly failing and you have to do lots of trials and it’s important to make sure that you never stop and you always keep on pursuing your goals

12.- A final thought about building companies & teams?

When building any type of team or company, for me an absolute must is keeping a humble attitude, and letting both the team and the company teach you too. Entrepreneurship is about diving into uncharted waters, and no one can be best at everything.

The amazing thing about a startup is that the more time you put into it, the more it will reward you with experience. Some experiences will help you push forward, others on the other hand will teach where not to go, or what not to do. But every small fragment will define you, make you into a better leader.

Always keep an open mind and remember that building a team and a company is not a one way street, you have to build yourself at the same time working hand in hand with everything and everyone.

Be more creative with these apps

Best apps to boost your creativity for free

How to be more creative is a skill that can be enhanced if we know how to boost it. Many of us think that it is an activity reserved for artists, creatives or designers. But the truth is that being creative is suitable for everyone. It also has great benefits for our brains that can help us work better.

The are plenty of hacks that help us to be more creative. Those vary depending on the activity we are doing. We might require some apps and tips to help us when we are developing a brainstorm. But some different ones when we are getting stuck to reboot our brain. Let’s see at what stage we are and discover the best apps to boost creativity.

How to be more creative with a brainstorming

To be more creative and start organizing ideas, to draw new connections and conclusions, the best thing to do is brainstorming. It is a fun way to free the imagination by throwing ideas, joining them to others and seeing the concepts that are formed.

One of the best apps to try is Simple Mind. It is an intuitive dashboard in which users can spread their ideas. They can make connections on the tree diagrams, add notes, charts and reorganize them as many times as they want. It has a free version for iOS and Android. Those are good enough for organizing a business day or a plan. It also has a professional paid version for companies that comes with more features.

Especially for academic areas, one of the most recommended apps to be more creative is Popplet. Popplet enables professors to organize several diagrams for different classes, add tags and print presentations from them. It is available for free on iOS.

Be more creative in all work tasks

Challenging ourselves everyday while optimizing our work is simple. For example, if part of our work is building tables in excel, we should learn how to do dynamic tables. Get basic notions of SQL and optimize our work. Or if we have to send a bunch of emails we could improve our performance by creating some templates and making lists on a CRM software. By doing this we forge new work methods to be more creative.

To optimize work users should first organize all their work tasks in a diagram to see which processes they can actually improve. Udemy is an open course directory that offers online courses. They come about several areas with explanations on how to improve certain tasks. For example, there are courses about how to be more creative. How to code. How to define a framework, how to organize time at work or how to meditate, among others. It is available for free for iOS and for Android.

Another app of small courses is Course Guru, which boasts MIT and Harvard and other courses from reputed universities, all for free. In appearance courses are longer than in Udemy. So they are reserved to those users who have more time and desire to focus on a new knowledge. There is a wide variety of topics from music, to meditation, although we mainly find programming and finance. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

Search for inspiration and be more creative

Searching for inspiration is an important part of the thinking process and seeing other ideas definitely helps us to be more creative. Depending on our job area, we can use generic apps such as Pinterest. It is a worldwide social network where people post their ideas for decoration, design, meditation, time management and much more. Be careful, it is so addictive. It is free for iOS and Android.

For designers, one of the greatest directories is Dribbble. It is an app with a desktop version that showcases the work of millions of web and graphic designers around the world. Opening an account requires an invitation from other member, though. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

Another interesting directory for designers is Behance. It works like Dribble but it is open to anyone. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

What to do when you get stuck

When we get stuck at work or in our daily life we need to make a pause and refresh our mind. Some studies show that the best way to work is to do intervals of 90 minutes followed by breaks of 20 minutes. This enhances our energy and helps us to be more creative. 

In these breaks we should do a different activity such as having a coffee with our workmates.  there are also specific apps that introduce a bit of peace to our life. One of the best is Stop, Breathe & Think, an award winning app that has more than 3 millions of users. It displays a meditation routine, enables users to register how they feel at any moment. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

In addition to meditating, other researchers agree that listening to music is beneficial to reset our mind. Among the music applications we find fascinating large directories with artists from around the world such as Spotify, SoundCloud or YouTube. All of them free and available for iOS and Android.

However, we also love to create music by ourselves.There  are several fun apps valid for experts and amateurs in music to be more creative, such as Figure. This app enables users to compose a song by choosing chords and musical instruments. It is available and free for iOS.

Another nice app is Magic Piano, that provides a virtual piano and the possibility to create melodies while it teaches us how to to play it. This one is a simple and relaxing app. It is available for free for ios and android.

How you will move around in your city in 2018: Smart cities

Millions of people struggle every day to reach their workplaces and study areas in cities in where pollution and long commutes are decreasing the quality of life of the inhabitants.

Smart cities want to solve some of the most common problems that plague the big cities, but what are they? We list here some of the main concerns: pollution, traffic congestion, poor light efficiency and lack of safety for pedestrian roads.

Pollution is a global concern that is damaging the health of the population and speeding up the climate change. According to WHO it is a serious global health risk that is responsible for premature deaths and respiratory problems, especially in the most polluted cities in the world in Nigeria, Pakistan and South Arabia.cityscape-2394753_1920

It is worth to mention the quantity of vehicules circulating in massive cities. Just in Mexico City, the most congested city in the world, there are 5 million of vehicles and there are 30 millions of car trips everyday. In Jakarta 2000 new motorbikes join the circulation every day, according to a recent study by Citymetric.

In Europe Bucharest is the most congested city and a recent study of Tomtom estimated that roughly every driver spends 128 hours of extra time driving per year. Other very congested city is London, that over the past decade has taken a series of measures to reduce traffic. Those go from expanding the public transport network and bike lanes, to taxing the most polluting vehicles and cutting the city center completely to traffic.

Technologies for Smart cities in 2018 and beyond

To address these problems, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are basically collecting data from pedestrian walks and vehicles roads to better understand how people travel around the city and how to manage their flow better. There are complex devices that estimate how many people move around certain areas and at what time, as well as surveillance and sensors that do the same in roads.

There are various ways to determine the flow of people though, for example London Subway uses Wi-Fi pings to learn how passengers travel.

Citizens can also take advantage of real time location systems. For navigation, apps like Waze gather traffic in order to estimate if there is a traffic jam or an obstacle on the road.

People walking or driving to meet their friends in the crowd can also use location services in real time like Wave Application, a free app that facilitates the meetings by enabling two or more people to share their live location on a private map with their contacts.

Once cities have started to comprehend how their citizens move around the city, it is time to implement changes and improve their quality of life. These are the ones that can be visible in the smart cities of 2018:

Find a pak spot

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Studies show that finding a park spot raises the congestion. To help people park their cars Palo Alto city developed floor sensors that warned via an app users when a parking spot is available. Now the city is expanding its use over the city.

As cities are introducing timidly electric and gas cars the question on how to distribute the charge stations around the city arises. Would they been in malls, as they plan to be in Madrid or in private parkings as the Hong Kong Baptist University suggests? Well, it really depends on the city as smart technologies are very adaptable. 

Light the city

The light consumption of the cities can be more efficient and better distributed thanks to the ICT information to determine when and where it is better to turn a light on or off. Thus, in areas with more traffic or with greater incidence of crime, the application could alter the brightness of the streetlights. In 2018 several cities around the world will use this system, like Wellington in New Zealand.

Safety of Pedestrians

The safety of pedestrians is another measure that we can begin to notice in Columbus, Ohio, that will implement an efficient crossing system in one of its streets. In Dubai we will see a passenger counter in one of its crossings to reduce the waiting time of the traffic light if there is a crowd. On the other hand, we will see new crosses adapted to people with less vision, thanks to a system of lights and signals in New York.

Reduce waste of water

The parks and forests of the cities are necessary for everyone’s health. Increasing their extension could be feasible if the consumption of irrigation water is reduced. To do this, cities such as Barcelona are implementing humidity sensors in urban parks that will determine how much water is actually needed to irrigate the parks.

As you can notice, smart cities are not only electric cars or Wifi Spots. The possibilities are endless and the New Year is bringing us amazing technologies to improve our daily life. What is your city doing to be smarter in 2018? Drop us a line!

Wave Application meeting friends

Why Wave is way cooler than the rest?

Technology is evolving super fast, sometimes it’s even scary how fast, right? We use technology basically to make our lives easier. It’s amazing how almost all our daily life is resolved by it but we still keep on calling and texting when we need to find somebody…which is more or less a daily task. We noticed there was no real solution in location app market, it was huge but orphan – so we decided to develop one and and make it a damn good, too.

So this is why Wave was created. Today, with 7 million downloads, it keeps on making it easy and fun to find your friends by sharing your live location on a map only with who you choose, when you choose. We have already facilitated 60 millions of meetings and there have been more than 260 millions of Wave sessions around the world. It’s 2017. If we are constantly moving, why should meeting up be so complicated?

Here’s why Wave rocks so hard:

You choose when. You choose with who

We believe in privacy. We believe you don’t want to be located by everybody,  just by the people you choose, when you choose. This is why Wave works by request. This is why Wave cannot be misused.

Leading technology

There was no technology good enough available, so we built one from a scratch. We are very proud about our “housemade” cutting-edge technology that delivers dynamic, real-time and private maps like no other solution in the market.

Unbeatable security

We don’t mess with privacy but we sure don’t mess with security either. Our technology is encrypted using SSL and securely distributed using Amazon’s Cloudfront Edge Network on the first place. The location is sent using a token system that ensures that only the user that you are sending the location to can access the data and decrypt it. This security is used by US government to ensure safe transactions.

Design inspired by YOU

We are passionate about clean, cool and simple design! Registering in Wave takes about 10 seconds and the whole Wave experience is designed to be intuitive and fast. We don’t want you to stare at your mobile phone, we want you to share your location with your friends and have a blast in real life!

Go get social

We created not only a full chat but also Group Waves up to 10 people, so you can organize meetups to have a coffee, go skiing or go partying and share your location with the rest of the group, so you know who is slow, who is fast and chat with them in real time 😉 More social features are coming with the new version. Stay tuned!