Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Google Earth on Android Review

Posted by Suhel Sayyad
Education is an important part of many of us. But, we find no time to engage in the era of smartphones. How true is this story? The story is true for many of us. But, if you are determined to learn then no one can stop you. Android Marketplace is full of apps that teach us something. One of the apps that we are going to review is Google Earth for Android.
If you want to learn about the moon, the different layers of earth, the mountain, the sky or any place on the earth, then Google Earth is for you. There is some limitation for using  Google Earth on mobile devices(running on Android). They are less intuitive UI and low choices than the PC version. But overall, the mobility of the Android devices keeps the negatives far away. The UI is coupled with a great documentation and you will not fill stuck on any part of your journey with Google Earth.
Google Earth on Android Review

The latest edition offers 3D rendering and other features. The greatest drawback of the app, as discussed earlier is the lack of PC features. The reason can be many, including rendering capabilities in the application.

Atmospheric Effect, New Earth Model and Layer Choices

Despite so many drawbacks compared to the PC version, the Google Earth Android offers great atmospheric effects, providing amazing realistic rendering. The Atmospheric effect can sometimes cause bad visibility of the areas on the earth. The rendering has improved such as the Google Android App offers New 3D model of Earth. The Android version 8.0 has many improvements over the last releases. The images are clear and crisp.
Layer Choices are improved in the latest version with more control given to the user. The user can now combine borders, road and labels into one. The latest version also supports KML edition.
Google Earth is a great tool for educating school children, teachers, and any enthusiast. The app also offers tons of other features, which is listed below:
  • The app is integrated with Google Maps.
  • Layer Choice improves the user navigability within the app.
  • Layers such as panoramic photos, borders, labels, roads can be chosen.
  • Support finger swipes, including single and double finger swipes. The single finger swipes monitors navigation, whereas the double finger swipes helps to rotate the map at a particular location.
  • Other navigational gestures such as zoom-in and zoom-out can be done using the tap on the screen.
  • Location sharing with peers including family, friends, and teachers. A great way to learn about the different locations and keep other people interested.
  • The app can be used in quiz activities and improve knowledge about the popular locations on the earth.
  • Low connection Android Smartphone can configure the rendering to low for better rendering. The changes can be done from the settings menu.

Wrap Up

Google Android Earth is an amazing app for mobile devices. Lack of PC features are quite understood and needs to be improved in later revisions.
The App fails to run on many devices and compatibility is also an issue, otherwise the app is one of the must-have Android apps.