Google released an updated version of their Google Maps application on Wednesday night, which is in many ways an improvement over the original Google Maps app that came bundled in iOS 5 and the app in iOS 6 that Tim Cook publicly apologized for. But here’s the familiar problem: on a standard iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch there’s no way to set the updated Google Maps as the new default. If you click on a link, you’ll be shuttled off to the old apps.
The Tweak: MapsOpener is a Cydia tweak that does for Google Maps what Ryan Petrich’s BrowserChooser does for alternative browsers. If you click on a maps link within an app or browser that would normally link to the stock version of Google Maps in iOS 5 or Apple Maps in iOS 6, it will instead redirect to the updated version of Google Maps, so long as you have the app on your device.
I found MapsOpener was able to redirect links to the Google Maps app as expected, with no apparent bugs.
Where to Install: MapsOpener is available on Cydia in the BigBoss repo. The tweak is completely free, and has no settings to configure.
Synergy: Once you’ve installed MapsOpener, you’ll never want to see the stock maps app again. One option is to bury the stock app in a folder, but you can also make it disappear using the Hide Icons function in SBSettings.
You can use FullForce to force Google Maps to function as an iPad app. FullForce works almost perfectly with Google Maps. This makes it the perfect replacement for the outdated default app
Lastly, if you dig Google’s apps and want to replace your default browser to Chrome (or Dolphin, Opera, etc), give BrowserChooser a look.
Are you switching to Google Maps or are you sticking with Apple’s stock software? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.