Android intent for opening both Waze and Google maps

There are a few similar posts but I couldn’t find an exact one. basically, I want to open both Google maps and Waze with the same intent. At first I tried this:

final String uri = String.format(Locale.ENGLISH, "geo:%f,%f", latitude, longitude);
final Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, Uri.parse(uri));

Waze navigated directly to the right location and Google maps opened the right place. then I realized that Google maps doesn’t put a pin on the location so it’s hard for the user to know where it is exactly. So I looked around and realized that Google maps requires the “?q=..(label)” for that… I changed the uri construction to:

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  • final String uri = String.format(Locale.ENGLISH, "geo:%f,%f?q=%f,%f (%s)", latitude, longitude, latitude, longitude, name);

    But then Waze did 2 things: navigated to the right place AND run a search on the label. This required the user to click the back button to close the search results screen and remain with the navigation to the right place.

    I looked everywhere for an answer but failed to find a solution that will achieve both.
    At first I thought that it’s not possible and Waze has a bug… but then I noticed that Facebook messenger is doing exactly what I want. when clicking on a message with a location it will open both apps: Google maps will have a pin (with a label) and Waze will navigate straight to that location without running a search.

    Few questions about the above:
    1. (Of course) How can I achieve that?
    2. How can I know how the Facebook messenger’s intent being built? (Can I catch it in anyway)
    3. What’s the reason behind having the label only with the “?q=..”?


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    Never mind. I was able to intercept the Facebook messenger with the below app and figured that the URI should be as follows:

    String.format(Locale.ENGLISH, "geo:0,0?q=") +"%s@%f,%f", label, latitude, longitude), "UTF-8");

    The app:


    Following Nimrod’s tip I’ve installed the app and intercepted the intent from whatsapp’s location feature. Here’s the full Intent tested on maps and waze:

        String uri = ""+latitude+","+longitude+" ("+label+")";
        Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, Uri.parse(uri));
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