Google Earth: Explore The World8,206
Google Earth is a free application by Google that allows users to explore the world without leaving their comfortable armchairs.
If you want to view a lifelike rendering of your city or town, preview your next holiday destination, or check out a famous location, Google Maps brings you an outstanding experience with several layers of information, which you can customize according to your needs.
Google Earth lets you explore a 3D globe of the Earth, with high-resolution satellite imagery, aerial photography, and various information layers overlaid on the globe. You can freely tilt, rotate, and zoom on the map, which displays more pertinent information as the zoom level increases.
The app also lets you search for places, cities, businesses and landmarks, by keyword search or by voice. Moreover, you can browse layers, including roads and 3D buildings, to get any information you need about a certain place.
Google Earth also links up with Google Street View so that you CAN explore a wide variety of locations at street level.
In the latest update in 2016, Google Earth vastly increased the clarity by upgrading its satellite imagery from the Landsat 7 satellite to the Landsat 8. But it’s not just a shiny new satellite imagery we’re getting —Google also has upgraded an image processing technique too.
Google Earth makes you feel like you look at the actual planet Earth through your phone. The design is clear and visually engaging. It’s easy to get to the location you need — you can do it either through the search or tapping the location right on the globe.
The sharp lines of streets and buildings make the navigation simple. Dragging the yellow man figure to any spot of the map, you can activate the Street View, and in the left menu, there are options to choose layers, browse Maps Gallery or upload maps from your Google Drive.
Google Earth has all essential functions you need to browse the planet. It’s easy to zoom any location and search for any addresses. The app finds your current location fast by GPS, so you will never be lost while using it.
The controls are simple. You can swipe with one finger to rotate the globe; swipe with two fingers to adjust your view, and pinch to zoom in and out. The transition from one location to another is as smooth as it gets.
With Google Earth, there's always somewhere else you can be just by using your fingers to pan, zoom and go 3D or Street View in the most beautiful cities. With an intuitive interface, you can explore satellite and aerial imagery, including high-resolution photos of various locations.
Street View is so detailed you can even zero in on the home of your second cousin on the other side of the globe to see where your grandfather was born. And searching for places to travel you can check the landmarks of any cities on the screen below.
Although the majority of the maps have the high resolution, some rural areas might have poor quality, or without Street View. And 3D buildings layer loads a lot of data, thus if you are on a limited 3G plan, it could cost you.
Cross-platform use 8/10
The Google Earth app is compatible with Android and iOS platforms. It requires iOS 5.0 or later, and for Android users it varies with device.
Google Earth has no in-app purchases. You can enjoy the beautiful landmarks, crowded markets or the majestic loneliness of mountain peaks for free with no ads popping up.
Google Earth is a highly engaging app and one of the most ambitious available for mobile devices. Since you can even use it offline, it proves more convenient than the web version.
Google Earth is unprecedented and outstanding resource if you are a curious explorer. You can see a satellite view of famous landmarks, open terrain, contours of the ocean floor, your own home — all with astonishing details.
If you don't have this app already, and you like to explore the world around you, you should grab it now.
Pros : An intuitive touch interface;
Detailed 3D maps;
links with Google Drive.
Cons : Some rural areas have poor quality;
3D buildings layer loads a lot of data.
Cross-platform use 4.0