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Google Earth for iPhone Updated

Google announced Wednesday that Google Earth for iPhone has been updated to version 2.0. Though the major version number has incremented, the update is rather minor except for a new ability to connect to your saved Google Maps and view them overlaid on its virtual globe.

The main reason to grab this update is in integrated ability to view maps that you have saved to “My Maps” using Google Maps or the desktop version of Google Earth. Google offered the examples of checking maps for Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler likes to travel or where chef Ferran Adrià likes to eat. However, it could also be used for viewing things like tracking a recent road trip, hike, or even a bike ride. Just enter your Google account login credentials, and you can select from any of your saved maps to overlay on the Earth.

In addition to the new map viewing feature, viewing information related to the current location has also been improved. While browsing the current area, location-linked data such as photographs and Wikipedia entries are displayed using icons. The updated Google Earth will show a glow around where you click, so you know which icon was chosen. If you click on an area with multiple icons bunched together, you’ll get a list of possibilities to choose from.

And finally, the language support for Google Earth for iPhone has been expanded from 18 to a total of 31 options. You can now choose from English, English (US and UK), French, German, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malaysian, Romanian, Slovak, and Croatian.

Google Earth remains a fun, entertaining, even educational app to keep on your iPhone.


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