Places Layer Added for iPhone Google Earth

The iPhone Google Earth application has had two layers since it was released last October: The Panoramio layer (which shows millions of photos around the world), and the Wikipedia layer (which shows Wikipedia article on places and things around the world). Now Google has added the Places layer: which is kind of a combination of information from Wikipedia, Google Earth Community, and Panoramio focused on describing places. The Places layer has both text and photos in the descriptions which makes it more interesting to view. Here are some screenshots showing the new Places icons and what a Places description looks like:

Places layer in iPhone Google Earth

All three of the layers in the iPhone GE app (which also runs on iPod Touch) are part of the Geographic Web layer folder in the full Google Earth application. The iPhone GE itself hasn’t really changed much since its initial release. I’ve been hoping they would add more functionality from the full application such as more layers, the ability to load at least simple placemark KML files, and better integration with the iPhone Maps application. It may be too much to ask to get full vector layers such as the Borders or Roads layers since I imagine the iPhone GE is already pushing limits in terms of graphics and memory on the iPhone. But, maybe the next generation iPhone/iPod Touch will be capable of more.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Jeremy Quinn says:

    GE on the iPhone is a joy to behold.
    I just wish they aggregated other photo sources, like flickr ……

  2. This is great news. Now, how’s that Google Earth for Android coming? Come on Google. Don’t make me regret supporting the Android platform by going with my G1.

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