Google Earth gets a makeover Lilian Pintea, chief scientist with the Jane Goodall Institute, demonstrates features on Google Earth, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Anick Jesdanun)
Google Earth gets a makeover
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Google Earth is getting a revival, as the 3-D mapping service reorients itself to become more of a tool for adventure and exploration.
 
A central feature in the new Google Earth is Voyager. Google has partnered with such groups as the BBC and NASA to add video clips, photos and text narratives to three-dimensional representations of particular locations.
 
The Jane Goodall Institute, for instance, lets you journey to spots in Tanzania that inspired its founding chimpanzee expert. You can also get overlays of chimpanzee ranges and compare imagery from 2005 and 2014 to see the effects of forest restoration efforts.
 
The producers of "Sesame Street" show off Muppets from co-productions around the world; the map shows where the Muppets live and offer stories about the region and its culture.
 
Separately, a new "I'm Feeling Lucky" feature takes you to a location selected at random. Google Earth is highlighting some 20,000 lesser-known destinations - the kinds of places locals might frequent or know about, such as the Indonesian island of Bunaken, part of a national marine park.
 
Google Earth used to be the place to go to for satellite views and 3-D images stitched together from aerial fly-bys. A software download was required, limiting its use. Google Maps has incorporated many of those features, making Google Earth even less necessary.
 
The update is about giving you a reason to use Google Earth again. Google says that while Maps is about getting you to a destination, Earth is about immersing you there, or "getting lost."
 
With the update, Google Earth now works on Google's Chrome browsers for desktops. It still requires an app for phones and tablets because of the heavy graphics involved; Google is rolling out updates for Android, but there's no Google Earth app for iPhones or iPads yet.
 
Some older features will still require a software download on desktops. That includes maps of Mars and the moon through a partnership with NASA.
 
Google also announced an update to a virtual-reality version of Google Earth. It now works with Facebook's Oculus Rift, not just the HTC Vive. But it won't work with cheaper, phone-based VR systems, such as Google's Daydream and Samsung's Gear VR.

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COMMENTS (36)
  • Manuel-mar1
    4/25/2017 - 09:43 p.m.

    google earth needed a lot of requirements to show more places and the problem was that it needed more recognition in a way where people could explore places virtually.Therefore google improved google earth by making a makeover that is beneficial to everyone.

    • Priscilla-mar1
      4/26/2017 - 01:26 p.m.

      I AGREE WITH MANUEL BECAUSE IN THE ARTICLE IT SAYS HOW THEY ARE IMPROVING GOOGLE MAPS AND EARTH TO HELP US OUT IN ARE DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

  • Hailey-mar2
    4/25/2017 - 10:12 p.m.

    Google earth ???? updated to 3-D to which is a new feature google did a collaboration with BBC & NASA to add a good amount of features to get a good eye on particular locations this lets u get overlays of chimpanzees and compare images from different years for a close peak of the forest ???? it can also demonstrate we're muppets live and offer more details a new feature can also take you to a random location with this update google earth ???? Can give you a better understanding of what you look for it's only available for android for now but an app will be required just because of heavy graphics it contains

  • Vasti-mar1
    4/25/2017 - 10:21 p.m.

    Google Earth is improving as a mapping service.Although it may seem like Google Maps is similar there is a difference. Google Maps is to get to your destination and in Google Earth it shows you more about the location and prevent getting lost.

    • Lucero-mar
      4/26/2017 - 10:48 a.m.

      I agree with Vasti because she has the character, problem, and solution which are all needed to complete a summary.

    • Daijzia-mar
      4/26/2017 - 01:18 p.m.

      I agree with Vasti because she has her cpr and she's giving true facts about Google Earth.

  • Daijzia-mar
    4/25/2017 - 11:22 p.m.

    From this article "Google Earth gets a makeover" shows were it's a revival and a 3-D mapping service. Google is partnered with BBC and NASA to add somethings on the app The also inspired to found the chimpanzee expert and from the muppets it help you their region and culture. It would locate something that you'd ask it would also. They updated to make it better so that it works with desktop now. They still haven't put it on apple products but the have it on android. To get it on your desktop you need to have current things. It now works with Facebook but not any VR'S.

  • Angelina-mar
    4/26/2017 - 08:10 a.m.

    People are bringing back Google Earth.Google Earth Used to be really hard to use.They found a way to improve it and make it easier for people to use

    • Diego-mar1
      4/26/2017 - 08:58 a.m.

      I dont agree because Google Earth was easy to use,but the problem was that many people didnt use it because it didnt have many updates like Google maps.

  • Diego-mar1
    4/26/2017 - 08:55 a.m.

    Google Earth has been getting new updates for its "revival". Making it have 3-D and other graphics of the planet with the help of BBC and NASA. They say google maps is to help you get to your destination and google earth is for it to immersing you there.

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