The Google Mobile Blog revealed an update today for Google Earth for Android, which brings with it the ability to look under the oceans. Google Earth for Android is available on most devices running Android 2.1 or later. Even better (or worse, depending on your situation), is that users with Android 2.2 get a special feature.
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Google Mobile Blog had this to say about the update:
With the release of this feature, escape the hustle and bustle of life on land and discover the marine world using Google Earth on your mobile device. Now, you can check out the landscape and terrain in Monterery Bay Canyon, which is larger than the Grand Canyon, by zooming in on Google Earth below the ocean surface just off the coast. Once underwater, we can use the “look around” button to tilt the view and see the extent of this great undersea canyon.
The latest version of Google Earth for Android also introduces the “Explore the Ocean” layer, which features hundreds of photos and videos from more than 100 contributors who are excited to share their stories of sea. Plan your next vacation during your daily commute by clicking on any of the little blue icons. The gold highlighted icons represent content from the Mission Blue Hope Spot initiative.
TalkAndroid notes that this latest version of Google Earth is perfect if you want to "be Jacques Cousteau, but you’re terrified of water", and I have to agree.
Below is what Google Mobile Blog wrote about the special features for Android 2.2 users:
Google Earth now supports Flash in balloons, so if you have the Flash player installed on your mobile device, you can watch videos right in the balloon. We’ve also made the program easier to navigate; for most devices, you can now use two fingers to “look around” and change your viewpoint, as an alternate to using the on-screen button. This makes it even easier to tilt your view to see mountainous landscapes or underwater canyons. Rotating your view with a simple twist of your fingers is now available on more devices as well.
I gave the app a try on the Galaxy S I'm using, and it worked pretty well. The Monterey Bay Canyon they mention is very well detailed. I also check out the Bermuda Triangle, but didn't find any sunken ships.
EuroDroid adds that the "Explore the Ocean" layer allows "sea types share photos of driftwood and industrial waste."
Images from Google Mobile Blog
Source: Google Mobile Blog