Google Earth for iPhone updated with retina display, ocean floor

Google has just updated their iOS app to version 3.1.0 with a few nice enhancements. According to the upgrade screen there are three new features.
ge-iphone-31.jpg1 — Native support for iPhone4 and Retina display: Google Earth is now incredibly sharp and detailed on the iPhone 4.
2 — Underwater bathymetry and ocean surface: Similar to the recent update on Android, you can now explore under the ocean floor from your iPhone!
3 — Ocean content layer: Also similar to Android, you can now view a layer with various stories from the sea.
With this update in place, the iPhone and Android versions of Google Earth are virtually identical. The latest Android update gave it a few features that it was lacking (like the two-finger “look around” mode), and now this update gets iPhone caught back up with the ocean features.
There are still quite a few features missing from both versions (tracks, elevation profiles, native KML support, 3D buildings, etc), but I’m sure we’ll slowly see those included in the future as phones continue to become more powerful.
What’s the one feature you’d like to see added to the mobile version next?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. The one feature I’d like to see added to the mobile version next? A version for other mobile platforms than iphone/android. Windows Phone 7 sounds like a perfect candidate.

  2. peSHIr — That’s a good call. Right now there’s not really another platform to build for (maybe Palm?), but the new Windows Mobile OS looks like it’ll be quite solid. I’m thinking we’ll see Google Earth on there at some point, though I have no data to back that up.

  3. I’d like to see synchronization between the mobile and desktop versions of Google Earth and Google Maps.

  4. I would like to see the iphone version make use of the compass and incorporate 3d buildings. There fore you could stand outsdide a particular building and view it in 3d within the google earth app. You could then view detail that the modeler has included about the building

  5. I’d vote for more complete KML support

  6. I think the 3D buildings is the correct choise to google earth mobile

  7. I just noticed that now you can upload kml files straight from the iphone interface on iTunes (Apps tab). Am I late on this one? Can’t find anything on the subject anywhere.

  8. Please, add app in russian appstore. No one, who has russian account in itunes can install it(((

  9. Carlos Espinoza says:

    Why can´t I install the GE for the Iphone 4S in Venezuela if I´m alowed to do it to my Desktop?
    In the venezuelan app store its not available

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