Google Earth unleashed for the iPhone and iPod

27 Oct 2008

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As applications go, this one promises a world of knowledge. Google has just introduced Google Earth for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Users will be able to travel from Dublin to New York by simply swiping their finger on the screen, and at a pinch, zoom in to street levels.

Google said the device-sized version of the popular technology brings all the power of Google Earth to the palm of your hand, including all of the same global imagery and 3D terrain.

“You can even browse any of our eight million ‘Panoramio’ photos or read a Wikipedia article,” Peter Birch, product manager of Google Earth said in a blog posting.

On the iPhone, users will be able to just tilt the device to see mountainous terrain and can view the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world.

As well as being able to view geo-located Wikipedia articles, users can then use the ‘Location’ feature to fly to their current location.

The Google Earth application is available today in 18 languages and 22 countries from the iTunes App Store for free.

By John Kennedy

Pictured: Google Earth available from download from the iTunes App Store

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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