World search with Google Earth on iPhone is now possible. I sincerely wish I’d seen this the day before leaving on my vacation cruise to Mexico last week, expecially because I could have overcome some strange GPS issues on my iPhone 3g when checking location while at sea, the iPhone GPS showed me in British Columbia anytime I was aboard the ship from just out of the Port of Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta. A quick check with the ship internet cafe manager at the start of my Mexican Riviera cruise got an “I don’t know” when I asked why is my GPS showing me in British Columbia while on the ship?
So now Google Earth comes out with an iPhone App, that would have let me enter the latitude and longitude readings showing in the location information on my stateroom television channel. I could have zoomed in on Google Earth from those coordinates to see my location on a map had I downloaded the app before departing Los Angeles Harbor.
Grrr! So I’d still pay the .99 cents per minute international charge on my AT&T; bill to view the data, but wouldn’t have wasted the time going to the internet cafe each time I wanted to view maps while on-board. Below is a video demo I found at the Google Latlong blog which shows the App in action.
This Google Earth App for iPhone is incredibly cool. It’s tied into the “My Location” function of the phone’s GPS and shows you where on the earth you are currently when you touch the “Current Location” button in the lower left corner of the iPhone screen. There are interesting tie-ins with the iPhone accelerometer which change the satellite view on the map to let you tilt the phone upright to see the horizon relative to your location, then flat to see the downward view of the map location.
Now comes the search functionality. You can search any business near your current location – or nearby – or in any city you choose. This functionality makes many Apps, like the Where App I use to find Starbucks coffee shops, a bit redundant. Both use your location data via the iPhone GPS, but the Google Earth App brings search, and all the useful Google Earth functionality.
There are Panaramio photos incorporated into the App as well – which lets me post my own photographs to the app after vacation, as well as seeing the photos contributed by others for that location! I’m definitely investing in that eyefi card for my Canon EOS and will be enjoying geek travel on my next vacation via Google Earth, the iPhone, and geolocation of my vacation photos.
Here’s my first view of my neighborhood using the
iPhone Screenshot App
and the GPS feature to locate myself in the Google Earth App.