Google Earth app gets Android Honeycomb tablet tweaks

first_imgThe Google Earth app for Android devices has been around since last year, and it provides a cool, highly portable way to take a virtual jaunt around the globe from the comfort of your smartphone. For those of you who took the plunge and plunked down your hard-earned cash for an Android tablet, however, the experience has been less than ideal.Now, however, Google has announced an update to the app which brings a fully tablet-optimized experience. On your larger-screen device, the Google Earth interface adds a location bar for easier navigation and search, as well as support for fully textured 3D building renders. Several layers are also available for your exploratory enjoyment — including Google Places, Panoramio photos, and Wikipedia information.AdChoices广告While the original small-screen version of Earth for Android requires only 2.1 or better, the tablet mode is only available to users with a slate running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. If you happen to own, say, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, you’re just going to have to make do with a blown-up version of the smartphone app.To grab the Honeycomb-friendly version of Google Earth, just fire up the Android Market on your device — or head to in your favorite mobile Web browser. Want to see the app in action before taking the plunge? Check out the video below, courtesy of Droid Life.via Google Mobile Bloglast_img read more