Following Android, Google Earth for iOS gets Street View support, updated search and 3D directions

Following Android, Google Earth for iOS gets Street View support, updated search and 3D directions

Google today updated its native Google Earth for iOS app with a big new feature and two improvements. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store.

The biggest addition is Street View support. While the desktop version of Google Earth has had the feature for a while now, it wasn’t available on mobile until the Android update last month.


Despite the news today, it appears Google still hasn’t updated its Google Earth FAQ:

Can I access Street View on Google Earth for mobile?
On Android, Street View can be accessed with Google Earth versions 7.1 and above. Simply zoom into an area you’d like to explore and Pegman will appear in the right hand corner. Drag and drop the Pegman into the street and you’ll be greeted by familiar Street View interface. On iOS, currently you can access Street view from Google Maps application.

Next up are the improvements: updated directions and search as well as a tweaked interface. The former means you can now visualize all four types of directions (walking, biking, driving, and transit) in 3D as well as browse through search results more quickly. The latter means the app now also lets you check out different layers from the new left-hand panel.

The full Google Earth 7.1.1 for iOS changelog is as follows:

  • Google Maps Street View: With Street View, you can explore the world at street level.
  • Improved directions/search: Updated directions let you visualize transit, walk, bike and drive directions in 3D while update search result list will let you browse search results quickly.
  • Improved interface: Easily browse and enable different layers through use of new left hand panel.

The iOS update today brings the app on par with the Android version. Google seems to be increasingly pushing out Android app updates first, but it almost always remembers to include its Apple users eventually.

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