Google has released a version of its Google Earth software for the iPhone as a dedicated application. It looks like a fantastic application (I’m downloading it now) and is free, and as such will likely become another shiny application with which iPhone users will try to impress their friends.
Which is why I am baffled that this has been released for iPhone and not the Android platform first.
I mean, I get it: Google is a big company. There are lots of product teams. Those teams probably have a lot of autonomy. Google is fine making software for all platforms, not just its own, since their customers use a variety of platforms.
But we’re not talking about Gmail here. We’re talking about a stunning bit of entertainment software that would set Android phones apart from their competition. And then Google Mobile distributes it for iPhone first?
This is exactly the sort of behavior that I’ve been grousing about at least since the T-Mobile G1′s first press conference. Google needs to act like they really care about Android’s success or they’re going to hobble it right out of the gate.