Corrected and amended headline: Google launched Google Earth for the iPhone and iPod touch and the reviews are great. The rollout prompts a question. How long until the next Google phone touch screen is designed to play with Google Earth? CNET News' Stephen Shankland has a nice review of Google Earth on the iPhone and while you can debate the practical purposes the app is way cool (Techmeme). Anytime you can tilt a phone to navigate terrain you're likely to have an addictive little piece of software.
Not only is having Google Earth on your iPhone convenient, but the touch interface is a very natural way to interact with the Earth. Just swipe your finger across the screen and you fly to the other side of the globe; tilt your phone and your view tilts as well. You can pinch to zoom in or out, or just double tap with one finger to zoom in and two fingers to zoom out.
Sounds great and you can expect this functionality to arrive in a new Google phone sold by T-Mobile. It won't happen overnight because you can't tilt the G1 and do many of the things you can do with iPhone's touch screen. But given how enamored Google is with this little Earth app it would be silly not to toss it into its future phone.
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