When we had heard of Earthscape’s 3D Earth application, we had mentioned that it was the perfect application to take advantage of iPhone’s accelerometer and touchscreen capabilities.
Unfortunately, we were so disappointed with the first version of their iPhone app that we neither bothered to review the iPhone app when it was released nor did we bother to check out if there were updates.
However, at that time we had also asked the question why didn’t someone think of this before? The obvious answer to that question would have been Google to bring their Google Earth app to the iPhone and that’s exactly what they have done by releasing Google Earth for iPhone.
Its an awesome application and it has all that we had hoped for in Earthscape’s 3D Earth application.
Google Earth is a virtual globe program which displays satellite images of varying resolution of the Earth’s surface, allowing users to visually see things like houses and cars from a bird’s eye view.
With Google Earth for iPhone, you can:
- Tilt your iPhone to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain.
- View the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world.
- View geo-located Wikipedia articles.
- Use the ‘Location’ feature to fly to your current location.
- Search for cities, places and business around the globe with Google Local Search.
The user interface is so simple and intuitive that it got me addicted to the iPhone app. In my opinion thanks to iPhone’s accelerometer and touchscreen capabilities, its a lot easier to use the app on the iPhone than the desktop.
You can drag your fingers across the screen to slide across the globe. You can also use two-finger pinch gestures to not only zoom in and out, but also, steer the view’s orientation in one direction or another by adding a little twirling rotary motion.
You can checkout the video demo of the iPhone app to get an overview:
Frankly, I don’t use the desktop version of Google Earth a lot as I don’t see any practical purpose of it but I am sure I will use it a lot more on my iPhone 3G.
Google Earth for iPhone is available for free on the App Store, download it using this iTunes link. The iPhone app is currently available in only 22 countries.
As always, let us know what you think of Google Earth in the comments below.
Thanks Gerard for the tip![via Official Google Blog]
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