Google Earth gets revival with tools for exploration

Yolanda Curtis
April 19, 2017

The exploration app, which enables users to explore the planet thanks to satellite imagery captured by the technology giant has introduced several new features, including Voyager, a new series of guided tours of different parts of Earth. This includes one from BBC Earth called Natural Treasures during which you'll be taken to six habitats "from islands to mountains to jungles" and learn about the wildlife that lives there. Likewise in Google Earth, this means every location you search for comes with a "Knowledge Card" of location informations so you can dive into for more details about a particular place.

The new Google Earth is available on the web in Chrome and is rolling out to Android phones this week. With it, you can see in 3D, practically any place on Earth with more details like the city of NY, the Grand Canyon of Colorado, or the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia.

There is also an "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, which has been taken from the search functionality.

The "I'm feeling lucky" feature has also been updated with 20,000 different "hidden gems". Google Earth has been downloaded over 2 Billion times until now, however, adding native support for Chrome, certainly makes it significantly more accessible especially for Chromebook users which are gaining rapid popularity in the education sector. Dive in to view the world at street level with integrated Street View.

One of the first Voyager stories users may encounter is called "This is Home". "Once you've landed on a point of interest, open a Knowledge Card to learn history and facts about that place and see more pictures of it". Doing so gives you a much more immersive experience as you can pan, tilt, zoom, and get 360-degree views of your favorite places.

There are new 3D buttons that can be clicked to see locations from any angle. However Google touts the feature as more of a memory tool where you can use it to find out where you were last week, the name of the restaurant you were at, and so on.

The Google Maps timeline feature for iOS users could only be accessed by logging into a desktop and signing into your Google account but now this can accessed directly from the app on your iOS device.

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