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If you have an iPad 2, an iPhone 4S or the latest iPod Touch, then you can enjoy Google Earth’s 3D imagery on your device. Android users were the first to get the 3D feature in June, and now iDevice owners can download the latest version of Google Earth and start enjoying the sweeping cityscapes. You can literally fly through the cities with a sweep of your fingers on the screen and virtually tour the places you wanted to go to.

Google used aerial snapshots taken by planes from different angles to stitch together the panoramas. The Google Lat Long blog says that so far a dozen cities have been covered. The cities are Boulder, Boston, Charlotte, Lawrence (Kan.), Long Beach (Ca.), Los Angeles, Portland (Ore.), San Diego, Santa Cruz, Tampa, Tucson, and the San Francisco Bay Area (including the Peninsula and East Bay). Rome is the only city outside the United States that has been given the 3D treatment. New locations will continue to be added and Google plans to cover all metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people.

Google has also taken the virtual tour idea forward by releasing a tour guide for Android and iOS (iOS 4.2 and newer) that shows interesting places to explore. The tour guide takes you on 11,000 tours of popular sites in over 110 countries and regions, from famous landmarks to scenic treasures. You can open the tour guide with a quick swipe of the tab located on the bottom of the main Google Earth screen.

Start your travels today.

Source: Google Lat Long


  1. Muhannad Agha
    August 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I feel sorry for apple maps

  2. Rigoberto Garcia
    July 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Today I will begin my journey in my iPad2. Thanks Saikat...

  3. abdo Elborady
    July 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

    thats amazing

  4. Ken Gaming
    July 31, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Imagine if they made a game out of that.

  5. Rigoberto Garcia
    July 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Great. Thanks Saikat...

  6. blivitlurad
    July 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Love it

  7. jonfaerber
    July 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm


  8. Yang Yang Li
    July 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    When will Google roll out 3D buildings to Google maps? Bing Maps has already implemented this and many other features. I particularly like the ability to see specific parts of a building in Bing Maps. If Google does not start using more recent images in Maps and playing catch up to Bing, it will soon become irrelevant.

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