Google(s GOOG) apparently didn’t spend time pouting over Apple’s(s AAPL) plans to displace its Google Maps app for iOS with its own. Instead, it went to work: On Thursday the company announced in a blog post that it has now added 3D imagery to its Google Earth for iOS app.
By swiping over Google Earth images on an iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or new iPad, users can feel like they’re virtually flying over cityscapes. Right now the feature works for 12 regions, mostly in the western U.S., and one city in Europe (Rome). The U.S. cities include: Boulder, Colo., Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Lawrence, Kan., Long Beach, Calif., Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., San Diego, Santa Cruz, Calif., Tampa, Fla., Tucson, Ariz., and San Francisco, plus its East Bay and Peninsula neighbors.
Google announced the feature in a what appeared to be a hastily called press conference ahead of Apple’s WWDC conference…
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