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On iOS 6? Get a rough version of Google Maps with the original icon via the web.

09 Jul 2012  |  Tags: , , , , ,

UPDATED 2012/09/29: YouTube icon also available below, by request.

iOS 6 replaces the original Google Maps application that’s been bundled since iOS 1.0 with its own “Apple Maps” software. Google offers a web-based version of Google Maps, but the icon is much worse than the original one from Apple.

Until Google releases a downloadable copy of Google Maps for iPhone, here are some installable web profiles that retain the original icon for Google Maps on iPhone + allow the Web App to run fullscreen.

iPhone:  http://uploads.benguild.com/ios6googlemapsicon.mobileconfig

iPad:  http://uploads.benguild.com/ios6googlemapsicon_ipad.mobileconfig

FYI, if it asks you for a password, enter your device’s passcode to confirm the install.

In the screenshot below, I tested this on an iPad running iOS 5, but these profiles are designed for iOS 6 only.

Two Google Maps icons on iOS! (iPad screenshot) 

The web-based version of Google Maps is far from perfect, but this does allow it to run fullscreen and retain the original icon. Try it out!

UPDATE:

Jordan wrote me an email today and asked for a YouTube icon. Although Google has already gone and released its own actual YouTube App for iOS, I figured… why not?

This restores the original YouTube icon, and creates a web App for it:

iPhone:  http://uploads.benguild.com/ios6youtubeicon.mobileconfig

iPad:  http://uploads.benguild.com/ios6youtubeicon_ipad.mobileconfig

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