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Google Earth 7 update brings 3D Maps to iOS, beats Apple

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Google Earth 7 update brings 3D Maps to iOS, beats Apple
Screenshots from Google Earth 7 for iOS

Screenshots from Google Earth 7 for iOS

With the release today of Google Earth 7 for iOS on the Apple App Store, the Mountain View tech firm has beaten Apple to the punch. The latest iteration of Google Earth bring to iOS a huge feature that Apple is adding to its own mapping app with iOS 6: 3D images. With iOS 6, Apple takes control of mapping on its mobile devices by dropping Google and offering an in-house application instead. The 3D imaging on Apple's software is called "Flyover". But that is still a few weeks away and Google Earth 7 is available now.

Google announced on Thursday that the 3D functionality of Google Earth 7 for iOS brings 3D to the same 14 regions that Android users were able to access starting in June. Those 14 regions include L.A., the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston and others. As Google adds 3D to more regions for its Android app, it will add the same regions for the iOS variant.

Google is moving quickly to add 3D to more and more areas. By the end of the year, Google says it will have 3D coverage of regions covering 300 million people. Google Earth 7 for iOS requires the user to have an Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPad 2 and the 3rd generation Apple iPod or higher in order to see the 3D images. Older models can still use the app, but will not see the 3D images.
"Google today is updating its Google Earth app on Apple's platform to include the same 3D imagery it showed off in early June. That same feature rolled out to users on Google's Android in late June. iOS users are getting those same 14 regions, including LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Rome, Portland and others. As Google adds more 3D cities to its database, both those platforms will get them at same time."-Google
source: AppleAppStore via MacRumors

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posted on 26 Jul 2012, 12:28 22

1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Google making apps for Apple earns my respect. They still show Apple they can well operate together why Apple seemingly turns away from Google services.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 13:12 10

7. frydaexiii (Posts: 1235; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


To Google it doesn't matter who is competition, as long as they keep making money and the profits keep rolling in, they don't care if their competitors earn more than them.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 13:44 3

10. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


because the default apple apps are very valuable and they make billions for the developers, apple wants to make the iphone dependent on itself for most of the default apps........google makes much more money from apple when compared to android so apple is apparently not happy with it....thats okay with me because we can still get the maps app from the app store

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 12:34 4

2. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I find it difficult to stop laughing...

Always ready to 1UP, showing that despite turning away from them, they still have a presence on their platform...

Instead of nerfing their services on other platforms, even one owned by a hostel entity, and dont delude yourself, thats exactlly what Apple is, they continue to toil away at improvements...

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 12:39 7

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5838; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


iOS users represent a huge group of Google users. If Google can offer a compelling value proposition to those users, they will continue to use Google services.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 12:44 2

4. Asasindude26 (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


I hope they do Europe soon for iOS and Android :O

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 12:49 1

5. sorcio46 (Posts: 396; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


LOL for the picture :D
Piazza Navona

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 13:03

6. MartyK (Posts: 713; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


They should did a "fly over in 3D" of Cupertino,Ca and Redmond WA ..that would've been sweet...lol

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 13:30 5

8. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Lol the iPhone has lots of Google apps such as Search, Earth, Chrome, Translate, Gmail, Google+ and a few others. You don't see a single app from Apple on Android. That's one reason I think Apple is so anti-competitive. If PC's weren't popular do you really think Apple would make iTunes for Windows?

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 15:16

14. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


All of those things were on iPhones before google became competition. They still have google search as default, still have gmail. I'm curious, what app could apple bring out for android?

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 16:31 2

20. andro. (Posts: 1957; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


They would probably try releasing an app that would cripple the handsets and direct the user to by an ios device!

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 16:41

22. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


iTunes, Quicktime and maybe a few others.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 16:47 1

24. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


We all know that iTunes and QuickTime sucks

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 18:05 2

25. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


That's why iTunes it the #1 place to purchase and play music.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 23:31 1

26. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


iTunes music library is huge

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 13:43 1

9. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I say google should just focus on getting that Nav out of beta. It really makes me mad to see "beta" every time I use the app. They should finish that, then do something on iOS.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 14:23

11. benjitek (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Google Earth is neat, for 5 minutes, but then you start to wonder what use justifies such a large chunk of RAM.

If they're going to give something to iOS, I'd rather see their mall, Costco, and other public venue floor plan app thing that android has. That's something I could use.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 14:34

13. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Is that in Google Maps or a separate app?

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 14:23

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7103; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And through this all, Play Store on my Galaxy Note still only says Maps is on 6.9. Are certain phones allowed to see the 7.0 update, or is it specific to my phone?

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 15:44

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5838; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


v. 6.9 for Android seems to have the functionality of v. 7.0 for iOS. Different numbering for different O/Ss? Confusing, but whatever.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 15:53

16. Sniggly (Posts: 7103; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No, on the online Play store (which doesn't detect my phone) it says version 7.0.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 16:02

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5838; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Online from your desktop? Or? The Play store application from my ICS (v. 4.04) says v. 6.9 but includes 3D in the product description.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 15:57

17. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


if apple could they would ban all google apps from any apple products. thankfully anti-competitive laws exist and many of the millions of 3gs and 4 owners will be able to have 3d maps where as apple wont give it to them

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 16:04 1

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5838; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


That is the only thing keeping Apple from giving the middle-fingered wave to owners of earlier iDevices that are not supported by iOS v. 6

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 16:35

21. andro. (Posts: 1957; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Im not sure google earth is neccessary on handsets when google maps is essentially the same thing,nothing wrong with the eye candy it provides though

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 16:42

23. pistolashtc (Posts: 29; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)


I've updated it, and it is also much smoother.

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