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.
- Satellite and aerial imagery. View the same imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth.
- Local search. Search for cities, places, and businesses around the globe with Google local search.
- Motion detection. Tilt your iPhone to adjust your view of mountainous terrain.
- Panoramio photo layer. Show the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world.
- Wikipedia layer. View geo-located Wikipedia articles.