After finally finding an apk and an app to install Google Earth as a workaround to the bug in the Android Market (GE is not available), I’m considering uninstalling it from my phone.
Whilst it’s fast, and a cool thing to show off, I find it’s feature set incredibly limited. What’s more, Google Maps offers more tools and is much easier to navigate on a touch screen. Plus Maps has a smaller footprint on memory and therefore I’m struggling for a reason to keep it on my Moto Milestone.
For those who want to give it a try however. Just do a google for “google earth apk for android” and pick one of the downloads.
I found the install didn’t work with Astro, so I downloaded FastAppInstall from the marketplace and this did the job.
However, when I then tried to start it I got a “can’t write to data directory, maybe run out of disk space” error. Deleting apps just didn’t work, but after some more googling I found some more hints (unfortunately I can’t find the sites now) which helped me to get it working. Here’s what I did for my Motorola Milestone without needing to do a factory reset:
When I tried to start the app, I got the “can’t write to data directory…” error. To fix this I:
- Uninstalled the Google Earth app
- Navigated to /sdcard/Android/data and deleted the com.google.earth package.
- Restarted the phone
- Reinstalled Google Earth and it started just fine.
Below is the Market link, but if that doesn’t help, try the steps above.