Google Earth for Android 2.0 is available free in the Android Market now for all Android 2.2 and later smartphones, as well as Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablets.
Google May 5
launched a version of its Google Earth for Android application for Android 3.0
"Honeycomb" tablets, bringing the search engine's celestial imagery
to larger computing screens.
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 important layers such as the "Explore the Ocean" layer.
The fresh application,
Earth for Android 2.O, offers more of the same, but optimized for the larger
touch-screen real estate. The program is available from Google's Android Market
for Android 2.1 devices
and later, and all Honeycomb tablets.
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 Wikipedia Website.
In Google's example
, a user can "fly
around" the 3D Coliseum in Rome while browsing photos that pop up within
the satellite imagery, and users can interact with them without leaving the Coliseum
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.
improves the user experience of the application as a person's fingers dance
across the 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom
display or the touch-screen
of the 8.9-inch LG G-Slate
for Android launched
in February 2010 for Google's Nexus One
smartphone and later on the Motorola Droid.
Android 2.0 adds another application to the sparse lineup of Honeycomb applications.
It likely won't draw new users, but it will certainly please existing Earth for
Android users. See these mini-reviews of the application on GigaOm
and Droid Life