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Google’s Android – Mobile Maps, Panoramas and Google Earth?

By November 13, 2007 No Comments

Android the uniquely named new open source operating system for mobile phones is intriguing. We like the open source nature and the tie in with Google allows easy use of their maps application along with the ability to view linked apps such as ‘Street View’.

In the video below Sergey Brin and Steve Horowitz discuss the availability of the SDK and provide a walk through of some sample applications. Of note is the ‘World Time’ using a spinning earth via a touch screen interface – with the link to OpenGL could this be the first glimpse of a mobile Google Earth?

The SDK and more information can be found at

For an interesting take on Android take a look at Robert Scoble’s Google’s Android Wants Developers but…


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.