The iPhone Gets Earthier
"The idea of having Earth on a mobile device is something people dreamed of back to the Keyhole days and before. This is the first opportunity we've had to be able to deliver a great experience."The reference to Keyhole refers to the original software, which was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004.
The software started becoming available through Apple's App store on Sunday. It's a free download in 20 countries, available in all 18 languages the iPhone supports. While Google Earth is new, a $4.99 iPhone app called Earthscape has provided a Google Earth-type application for some time.