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

Google Earth 7 update brings 3D Maps to iOS, beats Apple
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.source: AppleAppStore via MacRumors

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26 Comments

1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

10. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 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

2. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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...

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

4. Asasindude26

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

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

5. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

LOL for the picture :D Piazza Navona

6. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

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

8. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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?

14. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 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?

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

22. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

iTunes, Quicktime and maybe a few others.

24. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

We all know that iTunes and QuickTime sucks

25. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

26. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

iTunes music library is huge

9. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

11. benjitek

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

13. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Is that in Google Maps or a separate app?

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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?

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

23. pistolashtc

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 28, 2010

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

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