Version 7.0 of Google's Earth application for iOS devices, bringswith it 3D cities and landscapes for users to take virtual tours through and navigate by.
An App With A View
Google has a major upgrade to the iOS Earth app available for download today. The app runs on iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPhone 4S devices and offers the much-heralded 3D view feature to compete with Apple, when it goes its own way with iOS 6's navigation offering.
The app allows users to fly through breathtaking scenes and get a better visualization of their surroundings. You can also go on virtual tours of places you’ve never been, adding a new element of exploration to the app.
Cities converted for 3D viewing include; Boulder, Boston, Charlotte, Lawrence, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Tampa, Tucson, and the San Francisco Bay Area (including the Peninsula and East Bay) as well as Rome, Italy. More cities and locations will be added over time.
When in Rome
The images certainly look good, and add a great sense of perspective to the area. Google has a lot of work to do updating the whole globe to this level of detail, and it'll never be complete until your own neighborhood is covered, but we look forward to seeing the updates roll in.
With mobile users getting used to free high-class apps and features for mapping and navigation, is this likely the end for the paid products? And with iOS 6 shipping with iPhone 5 not too far from now, is there really need for a feature-war between these products?