GE on Phones? – OgleEarth gets excited based on a remark made in a NYT article regarding the new Google phone operating system called Android. The remark says that Google’s chief engineer of Android Andy Rubin showed Google Earth running in a demonstration on Android. This is certainly theoretically possible since Android is based on Linux which GE supports. However, I have my doubts that many (if any) phones in the near-term will have the necessary horsepower (especially on the 3D side) to be able to run GE reliably. And, of course, there’s the issue of bandwidth. It’s not clear yet whether this was just a mistake on the part of the NYT article (seeing perhaps Google Maps and calling it Earth). I’ve sent a query to find out if its true. [UPDATE 1400 EST: I haven’t gotten a confirmation of what is shown yet. However. it is true that bandwidth for mobile devices is much faster in some countries than where I live. Evidence is pointing to the likelihood that Google is intending to release at least a version of Google Earth which works on the new Android platform. I still believe the typical mobile device won’t perform very well with Google Earth – at least the full application. But, within a few years that is likely to not be as much of an issue.]
EarthNC Update – EarthNC has announced an update to their fantastic nautical charts collection for Google Earth. The nearly 700 charts cover the waters in and around the US, Bahamas, and Virgin Islands. See earlier review at GEB.
Time Embedder Tool – Leszek of FreeGeographyTools has developed a tool for embedding time stamps for a KML file so you can use the time slider for KML files that need it. He has a two-part tutorial on using his new tool. This could be handy for those who don’t have the patience (or another programmatic method) to add the time stamps manually to a KML file.