Meet the new Google Earth, launching on mobile and desktop this week

Ken Copeland
April 19, 2017

Google is introducing today an updated version of its Google Earth service with new features created to make it more social and interactive. Along with introducing several new features to the popular mobile and desktop app, it also makes the app more usable and more informative than it has been in any of its previous iterations. There is also a voyage entitled Earth View, which will show users "the most striking and enigmatic landscapes" that can be seen in Google Earth. That info is usually provided on Google's Knowledge Cards, which you'll be familiar with if you've ever used Maps.

The new Voyager feature allows you to go on interactive guided tours with the help of "some of the world's leading storytellers, scientists and nonprofits", Shah wrote. 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.

I'm Feeling Lucky: A classic I'm feeling lucky button has been added to the app, which now takes the users to random locations across the world. Google Earth is getting a revival, with the mapping service becoming more of a tool for adventure and exploration.

Out of this world: While the new Google Earth features are certainly cool, we were really hoping to see Daydream support for Earth VR.

These new features are available now for Google Chrome browser and Android users - other platforms will get them later this year. We have tried the Google Earth app and there are no lags so far. Google has more than 50 already available and you'll be able to find them under the "Voyager" section.

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One area of particular interest to Kiwis was featured in the ad Google put out announcing the relaunch - Mount Eden in Auckland.

Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

That isn't all. Google Earth is borrowing the "I'm feeling lucky" button from regular search.

Google is reportedly building an overhauled version of Google Earth that will be unveiled during an Earth Day event in New York City on April 18, a media report said.

You get a little Sesame Street video. The new Google Earth will be available to iOS devices and other browsers in the coming months.

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