How-to: Get Google Earth on your HTC Incredible

Update: Not sure when it showed up, but Google Earth now appears in the Android Market. If you followed the directions below (or elsewhere) to install Google Earth on your Droid Incredible, you will most likely need to uninstall the unofficial version before installing the official version from the Market.

So you just got yourself a shiny new HTC Incredible. One of the first things you are looking forward to trying on your powerful new Droid is Google Earth. After realizing the app did not ship with your smartphone, you head over to the Android Market, only to find that there is no official Google Earth app available for download.

“WTF?” – you think to yourself. Like any good netizen, you head over to your preferred search engine and enter in a few keywords, say ‘Google Earth Android,’ only to come across this website. After a quick scan of the teaser at the top, you finally scroll to the bottom to find this disappointing message: “Google Earth is currently available on Nexus One, iPhone, and Droid.” So now what?

After a moment of disgust, I collected myself and went in search of an answer. Luckily for all of us in this situation, folks over in the Android Forums have already posted a workaround.

That’s right. Thanks to the beauty of open Android, you can get and install Google Earth on your own (and mind you, at your own risk – it worked for me, but since it is not an official method, proceed with caution).

You can either head over to the forum and get the app via the posted link, OR you can use the awesome functionality of your new Droid (after downloading the Barcode Scanner app from the Android Market) to simply scan the following QR code:

Voila! You have now downloaded (and hopefully successfully installed) Google Earth on your Incredible! I’m sure Google will release an official download for the Incredible at some point in the near future, but it is still nice to be able to take matters into your own hands. Happy travels!