The Biggest Update to Google Earth

Google Earth, probably the best and most used website/technology for Google Maps and for general usage just to explore the world has gotten a huge update by the Google team. If you don’t know back in 2001 in June, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt launched Google Earth. But it wasn’t called Google Earth. In 2001 it was called EarthViewer3D. This was created by a company named Keyhole Inc. founded by the same Eric Schmidt. He later became Google’s CEO until 2011. When Keyhole Inc. got bought by Google in 2001 Google started making tweaks to it and changed its name to Google Earth.

Since then on Google Earth has gotten minimal changes. The project was considered abandoned until this week arrived. Google changed the whole layout and looks to Google Earth. They added better features and what they were really working on was 3D. When you went on Google Earth a globe would pop up and then it would zoom into your location. Then you would see a bird’s eye view of the place you are at. That was all it until now. This major update was all about 3D and knowledge. Here are all of the features in a nutshell:

1. Performance

If you don’t remember Google Earth took ages to load, even though you were running the software or website on the newest computer. The reason was because the website was running a lot of software data that chrome or safari or Mozilla couldn’t really handle. That problem has now been fixed. When you immediately hit that enter key on your keyboard, Google Earth starts loading and in 15 seconds you are exploring the world. It probably took some time for Google to figure it out.

2. Knowledge

Back in the previous update, Google Earth helped you explore certain places of the world. For example, take the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It may be cool to see it in 3D but what is the point if you don’t know anything about it. So Google Earth has made it easier for you to gain some knowledge on a famous site you are looking at by providing you with cards. This is super important because first you had to open up a new tab and search the thing up then close it and then go back to Google Earth but now all of that can be done in the Google Earth.

3. 3D Figures/Objects

Back in the old Google Earth, you could look at things in a 2D angle and a bird’s eye view. If you were board then you could drag and drop that tiny character at the side and place it all most where ever you want to view that play in real life. Well now you can do that by default and you can also do the tiny character drop thing but it is more clear and the images that are loaded on Google Earth are much cleaner. When you go to Google Earth it will show a whole live 3D image of the Earth rotating. At the left side menu, you can then search where you want to look at and then it will rotate the Earth to that location and zoom in quite a lot. From there, will be a button at the right bottom hand side of you screen that says 2D and once clicked 3D. When you click on 2D it will bring up a live and much more cleaner bird’s eye view of the place. But once you click on 3D things get pretty awesome. This is the new big major update. While holding Shift drag your mouse to the location and you will see it in 3D. This means that you can actually see your house in 3D and even the Eiffel tower in 3D. If it is hard to understand then look at the picture below.

This is a picture/snapshot of the Eiffel tower in the new Google Earth from my web browser.

I feel like Google has now re-summoned Google Earth from the dead. This is a super cool, fun, and awesome update that has come to Google Earth. If you want to start exploring the Earth then Click Here. I hope you try Google Earth, this is a good time to try and find your car and actually see it in 3D on the computer. The animations are pretty bad and slow but come on how bad could it be when you are looking at the Eiffel Tower.




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