Google has released a tablet-optimised version of its Google Earth navigation tool for Android Honeycomb based tablet devices.
In a blog post, the search engine giant said that the new Google Earth for Android tablets was designed to be used with tablets with large screens and makes full use of the multi-touch technology.
The app will feature fully textured 3D buildings which will make city tours look more realistic than ever before. The company has also added a new action bar on the top that will give direct access to search features, the option to ‘fly’ to a location and grant access to layers such as Places, Wikipedia, panoramic photos and 3D buildings.
“Moving from a mobile phone to a tablet was like going from a regular movie theatre to IMAX. We took advantage of the larger screen size, including features like content pop-ups appearing within Earth view, so you can see more information without switching back and forth between pages,” the company said.
Google first launched Earth in 2005 for desktops that covered 197 million square miles of earth. The company then released a mobile version for Android and iOS devices last year, but the mobile version didn’t come with the ability to view 3D buildings.