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Is There A Way To Change The Default Map Program From Blackberry Maps to Google Maps?

Asked: Sep 20 2014 | 3:03 am EDT 9734 Views 30 Answers View Best Answer

Is thre a way to change the default map program for email or text links when map data or GPS coordinates are emailed or texted to you?

I currently get GPS updates via email and when I click on the hyperlink, I ALWAYS get Blackberry Maps loading from that. To be honest, Blackberry Maps suck!

I want a default map program that will fill the entire screen on my Q10 and actually be up to date, unlike Blackberry Maps.

I get that you can set default settings for apps that say use maps, but in my case it'e the clickable links in emails or texts that I want diverted to Google Mpas or at least something better than crappy Blackberry Maps.

Anyone???


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Sep 20 2014 | 3:24 am EDT zocster

I am pretty positive it is coming in 10.3.1, the option to set default apps that is.

Correct me if I am wrong though?

Are you running the leaked 10.3?

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Sep 20 2014 | 8:26 am EDT dehdude

To answer your question no idea, but what's your deal with BB maps? Loads faster and gives more accurate directions and uses much less battery.

I would love to see ability to choose the default app like andoud though.

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Sep 20 2014 | 8:58 am EDT Joshu42

My only grief about BlackBerry Maps is the lack of compass :'(

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Sep 20 2014 | 10:23 am EDT TheVakman

To give saying what's wrong with BlackBerry Maps, BlackBerry Maps is awful. Are they ever going to add cycling directions? Currently, it's completely useless to me.

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Sep 20 2014 | 12:38 pm EDT misterabrasive

To give saying what's wrong with BlackBerry Maps, BlackBerry Maps is awful. Are they ever going to add cycling directions? Currently, it's completely useless to me.
Are you cycling on the road? If so, what's the problem? If not, better learn how to read a paper map and keep it in your pocket.

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Sep 20 2014 | 2:34 pm EDT TheVakman

Are you cycling on the road? If so, what's the problem? If not, better learn how to read a paper map and keep it in your pocket.

Posted with my Z10 on Verizon 10.2.1.3253
I hope you're kidding? Turning off highways doesn't always turn off highways in BlackBerry Maps like it should for me. You aren't legally allowed to cycle on the highways, at least here in Canada.

Why bother with paper maps when Google can do what BlackBerry Maps can't and more accurately than any paper map. BlackBerry Maps needs huge improvements.

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Sep 20 2014 | 2:42 pm EDT Dave Bourque

I hope you're kidding? Turning off highways doesn't always turn off highways in BlackBerry Maps like it should for me. You aren't legally allowed to cycle on the highways, at least here in Canada.

Why bother with paper maps when Google can do what BlackBerry Maps can't and more accurately than any paper map. BlackBerry Maps needs huge improvements.
BlackBerry maps is clearly not designed for walking, cycling or busing. It really is meant for driving and that's why it fails.

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Sep 20 2014 | 3:19 pm EDT TheVakman

BlackBerry maps is clearly not designed for walking, cycling or busing. It really is meant for driving and that's why it fails.

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.3247
Exactly. It needs to be designed for this though but the other guy was saying like why can't I just use it, don't I already bike on the road etc.

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Sep 20 2014 | 3:37 pm EDT Chris S Mellor

Google Maps is far better. It can tell you the quickest route by walking, car, trains and buses/trams. Unsure if the Maps app tells you which trains/trams/buses to catch and the time you need to be there or if that's Google Now. But Google has got it far better than BlackBerry. But what BlackBerry has now works very well, just lacking features

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Sep 20 2014 | 4:54 pm EDT jason9900

Exactly. It needs to be designed for this though but the other guy was saying like why can't I just use it, don't I already bike on the road etc.
If anyone says BlackBerry maps is better than Google maps, I instantly dismiss them for a delusional fanboy

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Sep 20 2014 | 6:36 pm EDT jvinp

Blackberry Maps is great for driving... better than Google Maps.

Google Maps is better for cycling, walking, and using transit. And it's very good for driving. So it wins hands down.

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Sep 20 2014 | 6:55 pm EDT Jesterbomb

You aren't legally allowed to cycle on the highways, at least here in Canada.
Wrong, wrong and more wrong. That may indeed be a local bylaw (although I sincerely doubt it) but you are absolutely not forbidden to cycle on highways "in Canada" as a whole.

As a matter of fact, the highway traffic safety act considers bicycles to be vehicles. Furthermore, it makes absolutely no distinction between highways, alleys, streets etc. All roads (paved or not) are considered highways.

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Sep 20 2014 | 6:57 pm EDT bluetroll

Wrong, wrong and more wrong. That may indeed be a local bylaw (although I sincerely doubt it) but you are absolutely not forbidden to cycle on highways "in Canada" as a whole.

As a matter of fact, the highway traffic safety act considers bicycles to be vehicles. Furthermore, it makes absolutely no distinction between highways, alleys, streets etc. All roads (paved or not) are considered highways.

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I believe they mean the 400 series highways in Ontario

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Sep 20 2014 | 7:16 pm EDT AnimalPak200

In the 10.3 leak it let's you tap and hold an address and select "open in". However Google Maps does not show up in the list to select from (and yes, I have it installed).

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Sep 20 2014 | 10:49 pm EDT spikesolie

If anyone says BlackBerry maps is better than Google maps, I instantly dismiss them for a delusional fanboy

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Or you could just come to terms with the fact that one might just be easier for them to use...thus better? Interface alone might make it better

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Sep 20 2014 | 11:37 pm EDT garrett1972

I believe they mean the 400 series highways in Ontario

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There are no bicycles allowed signs on Deerfoot in Calgary. I'd assume the same for Stoney Trail, but I didn't notice.

Plus there are tons of bike lanes that are definitely absent on BlackBerry Maps.

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Sep 20 2014 | 11:41 pm EDT garrett1972

Or you could just come to terms with the fact that one might just be easier for them to use...thus better? Interface alone might make it better

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I like BlackBerry, but BlackBerry Maps can't be considered superior for driving when it is so behind on map updates. Roads that have been going into my neighbourhood for years don't exist still on my BlackBerry. I'm on Z10STL100-3/10.3.0.1154 so it isn't because I'm behind on updating.

It has great voice guidance and the warnings for turns is top notch.

But it sucks if it thinks a road is where one doesn't exist!

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Sep 21 2014 | 6:10 am EDT TheVakman

Wrong, wrong and more wrong. That may indeed be a local bylaw (although I sincerely doubt it) but you are absolutely not forbidden to cycle on highways "in Canada" as a whole.

As a matter of fact, the highway traffic safety act considers bicycles to be vehicles. Furthermore, it makes absolutely no distinction between highways, alleys, streets etc. All roads (paved or not) are considered highways.

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Entirely wrong. I'll quote the HTA:
HTA Reg. 630 - Expressways
"Bicycles are prohibited on expressway�/ freeway highways such as the 400 series, the QEW, Ottawa Queensway and on roads where "No Bicycle" signs are posted. Set�fine:�$85.00"

There are many smaller highways that have these no bicycle signs as well. Google Maps knows which these are though. Which is why it is so important. Are there any plans to add cycling to BlackBerry Maps?

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Sep 21 2014 | 1:08 pm EDT Easypants

Wrong, wrong and more wrong. That may indeed be a local bylaw (although I sincerely doubt it) but you are absolutely not forbidden to cycle on highways "in Canada" as a whole.

As a matter of fact, the highway traffic safety act considers bicycles to be vehicles. Furthermore, it makes absolutely no distinction between highways, alleys, streets etc. All roads (paved or not) are considered highways.

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You can't cycle on 400 series highways nor on two lane highways

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Sep 21 2014 | 3:22 pm EDT jvinp

Wrong, wrong and more wrong. That may indeed be a local bylaw (although I sincerely doubt it) but you are absolutely not forbidden to cycle on highways "in Canada" as a whole.

As a matter of fact, the highway traffic safety act considers bicycles to be vehicles. Furthermore, it makes absolutely no distinction between highways, alleys, streets etc. All roads (paved or not) are considered highways.

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Bikes are forbidden on Highway 1 in BC, along with any vehicles incapable of 60 km an hr.

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Sep 21 2014 | 5:59 pm EDT OneofLittleHarmony

I think BlackBerry maps is great for navigation. But it needs a satellite view.

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Sep 21 2014 | 6:16 pm EDT Banco

I find BlackBerry Maps excellent when driving, the accuracy is outstanding. But for anything else, Google Maps is just miles ahead. BlackBerry Maps doesn't even show tube stations in London, it's absolutely hopeless when trying to find something like that.

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Sep 21 2014 | 7:54 pm EDT mokimoki

The BlackBerry Maps don't work in Bermuda so I'm using Be maps PRO It just comes up in blue and that's what it was doing on OS7, I would love to be able to change the default map so that I can use the BlackBerry assistant and other features on BlackBerry
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Feb 27 2015 | 11:05 am EST Rendergroup

Sorry to bring this up again, but I need Google Maps as default, because there's no Peru option in the Blackberry Maps.

How can I suggest to Blackberry to add my country?, There's Street View in several locations in my country, but Blackberry Maps doesn't work.

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Feb 27 2015 | 4:04 pm EST The_Passporter

In the 10.3 leak it let's you tap and hold an address and select "open in". However Google Maps does not show up in the list to select from (and yes, I have it installed).

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What's funny for me is I am using Poynt, a blackberry native app and it gives me these options in the pic. Why on earth should BlackBerry allow this to happen. Why is BlackBerry maps not available as an option? I'm still on 10.3.0.908 and I actually like using BlackBerry maps.
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Mar 04 2015 | 10:42 pm EST bofis

I agree, there should be a way to set the default maps app, so that when you click on a location in the calendar or an email or anywhere else, it can open in whatever maps app you prefer.

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Mar 13 2015 | 7:33 am EDT The_Passporter

Ok may not be the right place but could not find a better one. Using 10.3.0.908 still and want to know if the new BlackBerry maps let you save a location to a contact? Does BeMaps let you do this? This is so stupid that you can't do that and strikes me as a total sign of neglect to the maps app. Is this fixed in the new update?

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Mar 13 2015 | 8:00 am EDT Asvertus

What's funny for me is I am using Poynt, a blackberry native app and it gives me these options in the pic. Why on earth should BlackBerry allow this to happen. Why is BlackBerry maps not available as an option? I'm still on 10.3.0.908 and I actually like using BlackBerry maps.
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Poynt isn't a native BlackBerry App.

Posted via my Z30 (10.3.1.2243)

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Mar 13 2015 | 8:04 am EDT The_Passporter

Ok I guess what I mean then is I got it from the BlackBerry world store and you'd think it would be designed to work best with BlackBerry.

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