Google Earth

Google Earth

100,000,000 - 500,000,000 downloads

  • Earth view and zoom-in effect
  • Amount of layers
  • Database: local info and photos
  • Wikipedia integration
  • Questionable usefulness if you already have Google Maps
  • Lag in some devices
  • Shortens battery life due to compass and accelerometer
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Expert's Review

"Know the world like the back of your hand thanks to Google Earth"

Reviewed by / May 05, 2011

Google Earth for Android is probably the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to visit the most beautiful places in the world.

Thanks to its complete database you’ll get pictures, local info, layers, a 3D view -and much more- of almost any place on earth.

Far gone are the days of Columbus and his caravels: today, exploring the world is as easy as installing Google Earth mobile in your Android device. All you have to do is introduce the name of the place you want to fly to in the search bar and click. You’ll automatically get a real 3D bird’s eye view. Once you are located in the place you were looking for, you can change the layers to get local information on your destination (powered by the Wikipedia and Google Maps database). In addition, if your Android is equipped with GPS, you’ll be able to set your location and search for local services around you. And as if that wasn’t enough, you can also search by voice for the places you want to fly to.

Even though the interface and usability of Google Earth in its mobile version are quite good, we’re missing some extra layers and options. But even if we had them, is it really as useful as it sets out to be? After all, if you’ve already got Google Maps installed on your Android, you can to perform almost all the operations carried out by Google Earth (in addition to the specific Google Maps ones).

Google Earth is one of the star apps developed by Google Inc., the official Android Market provider, responsible of other indispensable Android apps such as Google Books, Google Maps, Gmail or Blogger.

Get Google Earth if you’re looking for a comprehensive app for searching for places, but take into account that almost all its features are already included on Google Maps.

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Developer's original description available here
Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for Android. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Integrated Google Maps Street View allow you to explore the world at street level. 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.

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 select devices, including most tablets.

You can easily navigate with your fingers, using:
* A one finger swipe to move the globe
* A two-finger pinch and rotate to zoom in and out and rotate your viewpoint
* Two-fingers swiped together to tilt your view
* A one-finger double-tap to zoom in
* A two-finger double-tap to zoom out

Recently changed in this version

Whats New in 7.1.3
* Support for Android 4.4
* New compass icon
* Bug Fixes

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Comments and ratings for Google Earth
  • (70)

    by Kym Cossey on 09/04/2014

    Veiw earth

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    by James Knight on 09/04/2014

    Pleasure "

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    by Lloyd Dumbrique on 09/04/2014

    Tang INA China

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    by kodi ferguson on 09/04/2014

    To all the whiners who seem to assume that Google owes them a new, updated picture of their crappy house and car just because they downloaded Earth, get over yourselves. If you financed a billion dollars to help them take a picture of every square inch

  • (70)

    by Andrew Manderson on 09/04/2014

    I use the mobile version on my tablet while I travel. This app would be a much better planning tool if I could save favorite locations. I know this is a "read", not a "write" app, and that I should be appreciative of what's available, but dang it if it's

  • (70)

    by Ian Miller on 09/04/2014

    I really like this app, but some places don't load at all with the 3d buildings. Cities like Paris, France. Birmingham, United Kingdom or Berne, Switzerland. I used to be able to see those cities pretty good, but not now. Please fix!!!!! If this is fixed

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    by Brandi Bright on 08/04/2014