Phone and Tablet Tips

Tour Google Earth

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Ear­lier this year the Google Earth An­droid app was up­dated with a few handy fea­tures, in­clud­ing spec­tac­u­lar vir­tual tours. Re­cently, the IOS app re­ceived these fea­tures via an up­date. Open Google Earth (An­droid www. snipca.com/25610; IOS www.snipca. com/25611) on your phone or tablet.

You’ll no­tice a new menu on the left. Next, tap the Voy­ager icon (a boat’s steer­ing wheel) at the top left. You’ll now see dif­fer­ent sec­tions (Travel, Na­ture, Cul­ture, His­tory, etc) with their own vir­tual tours (there are over 100 avail­able). Se­lect the tour you want, then tap Start Ex­plor­ing.

We se­lected the Mag­nif­i­cent Palaces tour in the His­tory sec­tion. You’ll see these palaces as pins on the Earth. The app will zoom into the first one and you’ll see a sum­mary of it on the right. You can zoom in and out of the left-hand side of the screen to see a more de­tailed view of the palace.

You can even tap the peg­man (see screen­shot above), then drag it to any point on your map to see what that area would look like if you were stand­ing there. Tap the ar­row at the bot­tom right to go to the next palace, where you can re­peat this process.

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