Jailbreak: Set Google Maps as Default App

The numerous issues with Apple’s official Maps app since its introduction back with the launch of iOS 6 have rendered it almost impossible to use towards a user’s overall benefit, for many. Thankfully, however, Google finally released an iPhone-compatible client for its Google Maps service. Dubbed just that, Google Maps is a very noteworthy alternative for your mapping requirements especially with Apple Maps’ bugs in mind. The only problem? It can’t be set as the default maps app of your choice. Unless you’re jailbroken, that is…

Apple Maps was bashed for its many issues right out of its introduction back in September. Leaving out transit directions, not providing the full rendering of an image when in 3D mode and poor navigation were just some of the sources of criticism the app received. Not surprisingly, the Apple world, and all of its fanboys and educated users alike, jumped in celebration when Google Maps was released late Wednesday night – evident by the application’s quick domination and rise to the top of the App Store’s free chart.

For users who are otherwise unfamiliar with the underlying premise of Google Maps, the following was taken from the app’s description:

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

Unfortunately for the mass amounts of users who undoubtedly prefer Google’s nearly-flawless solution to Apple’s, there’s currently no way to choose which of the two competitive services (Google Maps or Apple Maps) they’d like to be set as the number one defaul. However, the jailbreak community, and the wide knowledge that its many developers possess, jumped straight on the problem and quickly released a tweak allowing users to set Google Maps as the default.

MapsOpener is a new, free jailbreak tweak that is available via Cydia and allows users to set Google Maps as the default. iDownloadBlog has filmed a short demonstration of the tweak:

On a related note, Google has also released a Maps SDK for iPhone, which will provide developers with the opportunity to integrate the service directly into their applications. For developers who decide to opt with this SDK and incorporate it within their apps, clicking certain things will link directly to Google Maps. It’s essentially a non-jailbreak bypass of MapsOpener, which will work for third-party apps.