Google Earth 7.0 comes to Android, 3D maps in tow

Google Earth 7.0 comes to Android, 3D maps in tow
Today is just full of surprises! As if base-jumping Google Glass demos and all of the new Android hardware announcements (not to mention Jellybean) weren’t enough, Google is quietly putting out impressiv app updates. As we just reported, Chrome for Android left beta moments ago, and now the Google Earth Android app has been updated to 7.0, bringing with it the full 3D cities we saw at Google’s maps event earlier in the month.

Only a dozen or so cities are available in 3D, so it could be a while until you are able to fly over your own home town. Also, the app is clearly a memory hog in 3D mode – several reviews have indicated crashes occurring, and on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus the app did often slow down as it continued to render higher quality tiles onto the 3D map.

The maps app works with any device that runs Android 2.1 or higher, but for the full 3D views we’d recommend the newest hardware you can lay your hands on. You can head on over to the Play store at the link below. If you’re running the app on older hardware, let us know how it works in the comments below (and maybe try a city other than San Francisco…it seems to have more problems than some of the other locations). Other 3D locations include Los Angeles, Rome, Boston, Portland, and San Antonio.

source: Google Play via Engadget



6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Apple you regret going with tomtom now?

5. gixxerrider311

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

It's good how Google implemented this into their mobile platform! I used to play around with this feature on Google Earth a long time ago on my desktop! I have an iPhone 4S so I'll miss out on this one but I'll consider getting an Android smartphone, I'm really liking the improvements coming to Jelly Bean!

4. BuddyGlass

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Very nice 3d buildings, but crashing non stop...

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Just took a few tours of Rome, Florence, and LA(had to swing by my job and dodger stadium to see my dodgers). The 3D buildings are amazing on a phone. However using it on my galaxy s 2(on ics) it wasn't exactly buttery(more like smooth as grits). Even crashed my phone completely once. But after that it ran. Slow but nicely. Vry fun distraction.

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Updating now,Google is certainly pushing the boundaries

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Just got my update 20 min ago & this is fantastic. Google ROCKS!

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