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You know all that time you spend looking up your house and your friends' houses on Google Earth? Well, now you can do it anytime, anywhere with Google Earth for iPhone. It brings the popular virtual map service to your fingertips.
To begin, Google Earth for iPhone has a very helpful tutorial for navigating the app. For example, it uses circles to show you how to move up, down, tilt, zoom, and reset the view. We tapped the My Location button and gave it access to our current location. In just a few seconds, an overview of our neighborhood appeared on the screen. We zoomed in and found our house, which is both creepy and kind of cool at the same time. Once your location is found, the app introduces pictures of prominent landmarks, including schools and businesses that are close by that you can also browse. Using the app's search feature, we were able to look up the street view of a local chain grocery store, as well as go directly to the store's Web site. From the Setting menu, you can check off on the places you want to include while searching areas, including Wikipedia entries, surrounding businesses, and more. With just the tap of a button, you can also wipe your history and cache. Should you need it, help is available via a handy User Guide.
Google Earth for iPhone works just as well as the original version. We recommend it.
Google Earth lets people virtually fly around a 3D view of the world made from satellite and aerial imagery mapped onto the planet's mountains and valleys. The iPhone version reproduces this core experience, downloading imagery from Google's servers as the perspective shifts and dotting the map with landmarks, photos, and other information. iPhone's multitouch screen actually made using the application easy. Dragging a fingertip across the screen slides the view appropriately, of course. Two-finger pinch gestures not only zoom in and out, but also, by adding a little twirling rotary motion, steer the view's orientation in one direction or another.
What's new in this version:
Version 3.2 improved performance and include bug fixes.