The world is what you make of it, Google Earthers, and now you can take it with you.
With the launch of Google Earth 6.2 for Android and iOS devices announced today, Google has integrated customized maps into the update of the mobile version of the platform. Anytime you find a “Google Earth file,” also known as a KML file, you can click the link, which will now prompt the Google Earth app to open and load the custom map. Google’s Lat Long blog explains that, with the latest update, users will have access to the entire Google Earth Gallery in the mobile app.
Since there was an earthquake earlier today in Japan, disasterphiles and tectonic aficionados may be interested in the real-time Earthquakes map created by the U.S. Geological Survey.
If you’re in the United States, maybe your interest is in touring different capitol and landmark buildings around the country.
Or, if you’ve got your head in the clouds, you can track all active flights in the United States in real-time with a map compiled by flightwise.com
One perk that Android users will have is that they’ll be able to share screenshots of their current Google Earth view via Google+ circles and Gmail contacts.
The update to Google Earth is currently available for in Google Play (formerly Android Market) now and it will be hitting the virtual shelves of iTunes App Store soon.