Google Earth 2.0 Flies Onto Honeycomb Tablets
An update to the Google Earth app takes Android Honeycomb tablet users on a virtual tour
The free Google Earth for Android software lets users click on an icon to see photos and videos, or read about prominent places around the world. Users can also choose to display other layers, such as the Weather Layer or the “Explore the Ocean” layer. Or of course, the Royal Wedding tracker.
The fresh app, Earth for Android 2.0, offers more of the same, but optimised for the larger touchscreen real estate. The program is available from Google’s Android Market for Android 2.1 devices and later and all Honeycomb tablets.
Fly through well-known sights
Earth for Android displays 3D buildings and includes an action bar to help users search and zoom to their location. There are also Earth “layers” for Google Places, Panoramio photos, and the popular Wikipedia Website.
In Google’s example, a user can “fly around” the 3D Colosseum in Rome, Italy while browsing photos, which pop up within the satellite imagery so users can interact with them without leaving the Colosseum and its surroundings.
True to the Honeycomb design that features smooth, graphics-rich Web browsing, Google added content pop-ups appearing within Earth View to let users see more information without switching back and forth between pages.
Earth for Android 2.0 adds another app to the sparse lineup of Honeycomb apps. It likely won’t draw new users, but it will certainly please existing Earth for Android users. See these mini-reviews of the app on GigaOm and Droid Life.