Google has pushed out an updated version of Google Earth for Android tablets, adding 3D building imagery, information from Wikipedia, and a new action bar at the top of the screen.

Google Maps was already one of the slickest utilities for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, allowing you to zip about the earth while using multitouch gestures to zoom in and out, change direction, or even tilt the display. Google Earth takes things to a whole new level, letting you “fly” from one location to another and view additional layers for extra information — and now 3D buildings.

The 3D building imagery adds a whole new layer of fun to the mix — although it also slows things down a bit. I noticed that with the 3D imagery turned on, Google Earth was much less responsive on a Motorola XOOM tablet.

You can check out a short hands-on video after the break. Sorry about my rambling, I was getting ready for a meeting while recording the video.

Google Earth is available as a free download from the Android Market.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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