Google Earth re-invented for new era

Isaac Cain
April 19, 2017

Google had dabbled in 3D views but its newest update provides high-definition imagery that gives users a chance to take in unprecedented levels of detail in the geographical landscape or surrounding man-made architecture. And for the first time ever, Google Earth is fully available on Android, as well as on desktop. Google Earth is highlighting some 20,000 lesser-known destinations - the kinds of places locals might frequent or know about, such as the Indonesian island of Bunaken, part of a national marine park. The VR app also has 27 new locations and a new search feature.

The update means Google Earth will work on Chrome browsers on Windows and OSX.

Google has revamped Google Earth by adding a new UI, as well as tons of new features. It has been edited by FactorDaily for grammar, language and style. There is a new thing known as "I'm feeling lucky" feature and you can try it if you are bored and have plenty of time on you. Plus, if you're using the Android app and a particular spot catches your fancy, you can send a digital postcard of it to your contacts. Initially, Google has partnered with BBC and Sesame Street but the company says it will continue to add more partners in the near future.

Though Google is trying to offer something new in this update, we can admit the fact that it has to face the tough competition from Apple Maps.

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Google are focusing Earth around exploration and discovery, with the far faster Google Maps the product for more utilitarian navigations.

Finally, a new 3D button will allow users to see a site from any angle. Another new feature in Earth is the Google search staple "I'm feeling lucky", which, as you can probably guess, can take you to an unexpected location at a whim.

The new Timeline feature is accessible from the slide out menu in Google Maps for iOS and staring today, you should see the new "Your Timeline" option in the menu. Users can see 3D maps of specific locations, learn about random places from around the world, and take guided tours from their mobile devices or Chrome browser. One click and you would be transported to random locations - the pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal, the Opera houses of Italy, etc.

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