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Google Earth allows you to see any location on Earth with satellite precision and it's a free app for your phone. That alone is an amazing accomplishment. Even as most smartphone owners grow used to having every piece of knowledge they could possibly need at their fingertips at all times, Google Earth manages to astound by pure scale and presentation.
Google Earth opens the same way it has for years, with a globe of the Earth, a few quick tips on how to navigate, and then a sandbox approach, allowing you to zoom in and out of any location on the planet with a few quick taps. You can zoom in to where you are at any time using the GPS in your phone and you can tilt and zoom the Earth in any direction, even flipping it upside down. You can tap on one of the recommended locations to see what Paris or Mexico City or Siberia looks like. The interface is easily one of the best of any map app on the iPhone and it is designed for exploration. The locations and satellite imagery load very fast, allowing you to zip from location to location in just seconds.
If you are interested in geography, travel, or foreign cities, then Google Earth is a must for your iOS device. The sheer number of cool things and places you can see with this app is incredible and the way Google has laid everything out makes it accessible to anyone. It's a must-have free app for your smartphone.
Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level.Use the new tour guide to easily discover exciting new places to explore. With a quick swipe on the tab at the bottom of the screen, you can bring up a selection of virtual tours from around the globe. With new 3D imagery, you can now fly through complete 3D recreations of select cities, including San Francisco, Boston, Rome, and others. With every building modeled in 3D, you truly get a sense of flying above the city. 3D imagery is available on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.
What's new in this version:
* Google Maps Street View: With Street View, you can explore the world at street level. * Improved directions/search: Updated directions let you can visualize transit, walk, bike and drive directions in 3D while update search result list will let you browse search results quickly. * Improved interface: Easily browse and enable different layers through use of new left hand panel