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 m.google.com/earth 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