Google Earth gets revival with tools for exploration

Google has launched a new and revamped version of the Google Earth service. But this is big one.

'This is the first time we have done this deep integration with the Google Knowledge Graph, ' Earth engineering manager Sean Askay said.

The new Voyager feature upgrades the digital planetary exploration experience by offering curated adventures that revolve around certain themes.

More than 50 of these tours are available already under the "Voyager" section. Users can type in the name or location to visit multiple location around the globe on Google Earth. 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. Ahead of the travel users can use this feature. What is your favorite new feature? The first novelty has to do with Voyager, which is a kind of interactive tour guided by certain areas. Google has mentioned that the complete process of the 3D map guiding is conducted by scientists and documentarians and hence these 3D maps provide an accurate result. Additionally, Google Earth is now littered with Knowledge Cards similar to what we're used to in other forms of search. Once you're there, Google packs in useful information by pulling in sources like Wikipedia so you can learn a bit about the place you land. If natural formations are more your speed, "Earth View" will show you "the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth".

If you use Google Maps on iOS, you should head to the App Store and grab the latest update that adds a couple of notable new features. This seems to be the primary focus of this release. Dive in to view the world at street level with integrated Street View. It's now capable of handling more obscure search terms, so if you want to see the capital city of a country but don't know its name, you can search "Capital of Italy" and it'll appear.

Rumors say that the new version of Google Earth is going to replace the Google Maps application. Besides being able to share locations with just a link, mobile users can send "postcards" of the places they find.

Or you can journey to Earth's major habitats - islands, mountains, deserts, jungles and more - to learn about the wildlife in each with guidance from experts at BBC Earth.

  • Arturo Norris