Google Earth re-invented for new era

Posted April 19, 2017

When you load up the new Google Earth for the first time, it will give you several things to try.

Google today announced that its popular Timeline feature for Google Maps on Android has expanded to Google Maps for iOS, making it available to iPhone and iPad users for the first time.

The iMessage app, on the other hand, allows you to share your static location with your friends right from the Message app without you having to leave the conversation.

For example, there is a voyage entitled Museums Around the World, where the journey will include Street View looks at 28 museums from all over the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

At any given place, you can open a Knowledge Card and view images, learn about the history and more. "Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth", Google states in a blog post. This version is again created to run in a web browser (just Chrome for now), but there's now a standalone home for Google Earth at earth.google.com/web.

There are more than 50 tours included in this aspect of Google Earth, suitably named Voyager.

A major feature of the update is the ability of Google Earth to work in a Google Chrome browser with no software download or installation required.

Google Earth is one of the purest, most handsome gifts the company has ever given us. The new version of Google Earth offers users more curated experiences, enhanced information, improved imagery and much more. Google Earth has a new interface, 3D views and guided tours now. Each location is further supported by "points of interest" which lets users explore other places around the spot that they are presently exploring.

Last year, the Google Earth has launched a virtual reality version of the planet-visualizing application on Steam, but the app was only available for HTC Vive headsets.

The real star of the new Google Earth is Voyager, which the company calls "a showcase of interactive guided tours".

The new version of Google Earth rolls out this week on Chrome and Android, and on iOs and other browsers soon.