Google Earth Gets a Complete Makeover

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has just released a brand new version of Google Earth. Google Earth, which shows satellite imagery, topography, and 3D buildings, has come out with new features that offer more information and interactive experiences. 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.

All tours are now interactive. Further, these tours are led by documentarians, scientists, and other experts, which is great for users, because it’s an entertaining way of learning about the world.

Stunning Tours Available Now On Google Earth

More than 50 of these tours are available already under the “Voyager” section. For instance, primate expert Jane Goodall and her team take the user on a tour of the Gombe National Park of Tanzania. There is a special Voyager story called “This Home”, which show traditional homes from cultures around the world, like the Peruvian chuclla and a Bedouin tent. Plus, there are video journeys to six different habitats that have are produced by BBC Earth. Want to learn about the Mayan ruins and take a closer look at some rare images? Go on a journey to Mexico with the Sesame Street muppet Lola.

There are new 3D buttons that can be clicked to see locations from any angle. Users can get a movable drone’s eye view of geographical, historical, or architectural marvels. For instance, you can navigate all the way around the Grand Canyon and see its geological layers. All you have to do is just press the 3D button in the corner of the UI.

Google Earth users can also snap a postcard to capture a dream vacation or memory and then send the snap to family and friends. The recipient can visit the place where the user was standing virtually with a click.

Go Somewhere Unexpected With Google Earth

There is also an “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which has been taken from the search functionality. On click, it will take you to somewhere unexpected, like, for example, a hot spring in Japan, an opera house in Italy, or the Pemba Island off the Swahili coast. There is a “knowledge card” that tells you interesting facts about the place.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) says it took them two years to create this revamped version of Google Earth. It is now available for Android and Chrome users. It will be available on iOS and other browsers soon.