Google Earth for Android app updated, now with 3D cities
Google Earth for Android is probably not the most popular among Google’s Android apps. But that’s not saying that the Android app is nothing good. In fact it is a pretty good app with advanced mapping features. And with the update, the app becomes even more advanced with the addition of 3D imagery of cities.
According to Google, the 3D rendition of cities in Google Earth for Android was made possible by advanced image processing using 45-degree aearial imagery. This enabled Google to recreate entire metropolitan areas in 3D with every buildings, terrains, and any surrounding landscapes of trees included for a more accurate and realistic rendition of the actual location.
The update is available now as a free download from Google Play. After downloading the app, you can take a virtual flight over the initial 3D imagery of cities including Boulder, Santa Cruz, Sand Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Antonio, Charlotte, Tucson, Lawrence, Portland, Tampa, Rome and San Francisco Bay Area. Google promises to release more 3D imageries of places around the world in the coming months.
Aside from the 3D imagery, Google Earth for Android also now has a tour guide which incorporates short tours of thousands of famous places and historical sites worldwide. To get the tour guide feature, simply pull the tab at the bottom of the screen. Each of the image that you see highlights a tour or place of interest in the area that you are looking on. To get virtually flown on a place, simply click on the image. Take note of Wikipedia snippets that will pop-out as you fly around an area. These snippets provide useful information about the location.
Via [Google Lat Long Blog]
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