Apple iPhone and iPod touch users can now use Google Earth on their handset, after the application was made available via the App Store.

"Even before we introduced Google Earth back in 2005, the team had long dreamed of being able to carry the Earth around in your pocket. Well, today that dream becomes a reality," says the Google Blog.

The software displays the same high-quality imagery you may be used to when using the desktop application, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass.

"The touch interface is a very natural way to interact with the Earth. Just swipe your finger across the screen and you fly to the other side of the globe; tilt your phone and your view tilts as well," added Peter Birch, Product Manager, Google Earth, on the Google Lat Long blog.