Google updates Google Earth before Earth Day

Google building better Google Earth, to be launched on April 18

You can also explore the new Voyager feature to take interactive guided tours from partners like BBC Earth and DigitalGlobe.

There are tie-ins with the BBC's Planet Earth, NASA, Sesame Street, and more for additional content when you zoom in on certain areas as well. Additionally, there's a standard Google randomiser called "I'm feeling lucky", which works as it does on Google search.

Another new feature is a 3D button that lets you view a place from any angle.

Jump over to the official Google Earth website via the link below for more details and to view the new features.

Capitalising on greater satellite imagery, and an ever-growing network of manually mapped streets throughout the world, Google's sight-seeing tool has a new look, just in time for Earth Day. That blasts you across the globe to a random location and brings up a knowledge card so you can learn more.

While this feature is interesting in and of itself, it could also appeal to those who are looking for travel inspiration and don't have a set place in mind they'd like to visit.

The Android app follows the Web version very closely.

This feature is going to randomly surface an image and information for 20,000 various locations now selected by the team from Google Earth. In addition, Google has integrated the learning of its AI, so if we write "Capital of Spain", Google Earth will now take us directly to Madrid.

Google Earth launched more than a decade ago, giving people a space-eye view of earth, while developers got free 3D software. When a user lands on a place, they will also be able to open up what's called a Knowledge Card to learn about the place's history, facts and see more photos. Earth VR has also expanded beyond the HTC Vive to include Oculus Rift support. 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 plans to roll out the latest version of the app this week on Android devices and says that it will be available soon on iOS and other browsers.

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