Google demos 'Earth' app on new Android OS
January 5, 2010, 3:57pm PST | Length: 00:02:39
At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demos Google Earth for Android. The new app mirrors the Google Earth application on the desktop. The app also supports the voice features in Google Earth, searching for geographic locations like "Mount Fuji."
>> I wanted to give you guys first the sneak peak at Google Earth for Android. So hopefully, many of you have actually played with Google Earth on the desktop so you're familiar with how it works, what the concept is. But here I've got an image of the earth and just like I can on the desk top I can spin the earth around, I've got the whole world in my hands, I can spin here. I can also zoom into my location here and it'll fly me right into where I am and this is Mountain View, California. I can pan around, I can zoom out just a little bit, but what makes Google Earth on the desktop so amazing is I can also get that bird's eye view and fly around so if I tap here. Let me actually go to something with a little bit more terrain. Let's go to North Bay where there's some mountains. I'm going to fly back in here and let's get in deep, alright, and I'm going to pan around and what I'm going to do now is pull up this, double tap to zoom in here, and I'm going to pan. So as you can see I'm actually flying through these mountains here in the North Bay. I'm going to zoom in a little bit more, and all of this technology, which exists on the desktop computer, on your browser even, is now available on your phone. And it's another great way of showing off how you can really take this 3D framework that we have and the platform to the next level and because of some of the other themes I've mentioned, like voice, let me show you what voice does if you're in the Google Earth mode. Tap on the microphone, Mount Fuji. So now, it should fly me to Mount Fuji and just to show you that I'm really at Mount Fuji, I'm going to zoom out just a little bit here so you can actually see the mountain. And I'm going to just give you this bird's eye view of the mountain as well and here we go, fly in, and there you go, there's Mount Fuji. So all this really great, all this really great experience in one app that really wraps, ties together all these great themes that we've just been talking about, voice, 3D, great graphics.
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