Google Earth on Android

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:

  1. Uninstalled the Google Earth app
  2. Navigated to /sdcard/Android/data and deleted the package.
  3. Restarted the phone
  4. Reinstalled Google Earth and it started just fine.

Below is the Market link, but if that doesn’t help, try the steps above. Sent from Share Apps.