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Google Earth Has Landed on iPhone

What a fun surprise, to learn that Google has released a really cool version of its Google Earth mapping program for iPhone (and for iPod touch).

What a fun surprise, to learn that Google has released a really cool version of its Google Earth mapping program for iPhone (and for iPod touch).I've downloaded Google Earth into my phone, but haven't had much time to play with it yet. However, I'm in love already!

The way you get the free software is to visit the iTunes Apps Store, and search for Google Earth. Or, if you prefer, here's a shortcut you can click.

Here are some cool features that work on your iPhone or iPod touch, as the Google team describes it: With just a swipe of your finger you can fly from Peoria to Paris to Papua New Guinea, or anywhere in between. It may be small, but it 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 8 million Panoramio photos or read Wikipedia articles.

With Google Earth for iPhone, you can:  Tilt your iPhone to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain  View the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world  View geo-located Wikipedia articles  Use the 'Location' feature to fly to your current location  Search for cities, places and business around the globe with Google Local Search

You'll get all the above features on your iPhone 3G, and it'll work great on WiFi or a 3G network. If you have a first-generation iPhone, you'll want to be on WiFi, as Google Earth needs too much bandwidth for acceptable performance on an EDGE network.

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