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Google Earth to Feature Complete 3D City Renderings in Near Future

During today’s Google presentation on the Next Dimension of Maps, the company unveiled the next step for Google Earth – complete 3D renderings across the globe. Of course, such things do take time and Google will take baby steps in making this feature a true reality. As we saw in the presentation, the entire area of San Francisco has been mapped in complete 3D scale and it looks phenomenal. No exact time was given on when regular users will see the introduction, so we’ll keep our eyes open. 

With the ability to have a complete and full birds-eye view of a city, Google is also introducing Google Tour Guide, a way for the service to show certain points of interest if you are visiting an unfamiliar part of the world. For example, if you’re visiting San Francisco and love baseball, Google Earth can give you a full view of AT&T Park along with the surrounding area in extreme detail thanks to the 3D mapping efforts made by their teams. I haven’t been using Google Earth for quite some time, but these types of things may force me to install it again and keep it there for good.


Via: Google

  • Wow, that’s amazing! It really is just like looking out of an airplane window…only closer! And it will be even easier to find things on Google Earth now! I ended up uninstalling the program due to never using it, but if this is successfully launched, you’d better believe Google Earth will be right back on my desktop!

  • Corey Foltman

    now the next step is direct satellite feed…

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    Why did google not patent this when they came up with the idea of 3d maps in 2000. They could sue Apple if they had.

  • RW-1

    It’s great, but for mobile it’s fluff, plain and simple. I’ll enjoy it, but I don’t NEED it. as long as Maps gives great Nav integration, nothing more is really needed. Can you see the BW that stuff will take?

  • That’s a big task to be taking under but with Quad core CPUs no reason the phones/tablets couldn’t handle it.

  • Ben Myton

    Dear Google,

    API Please.

    Microsoft Flight Sim Development Team

  • user311

    Google rocks, while some other companies just try to sue others to gain market-share, here we have a company which is actually innovating…

    • Agreed. While Apple is busy suing other companies and making it so we can ask our phone what the weather is like, Google is mapping out the entire planet in amazing detail.

  • Brent Stewart

    Really looking forward to the launch of this. It’s no coincidence they’re announcing this a week before Apple’s WWDC considering the rumors around Apple dumping Google Maps in favor of their own product which is supposed to do some 3D stuff as well. In fact me and a buddy were talking about this earlier and he links me an article from one of Apple fan blogs who are already whining about this and saying that Google is running scared in lieu of Apple’s pending announcement – that it showed in how rushed the announcement looked, how buggy the app was, and how it looked thrown together real fast. Those guys… I swear. I really hate when fans get so blinded by their own fandom that they can’t see the forest for the trees.

  • love my RAZR

    Looks pretty interesting, but…… Have to laugh. They were using and ipad for the presentation.

  • r0lct

    That last clip looked like the coastal highway in CA which was awesome to drive down. Any local can confirm?

    • That last clip with the cliff is actually on the western most point of SF. That’s a restaurant known as the Cliff House. Awesome views and excellent (albeit pricey) food. Definitely a fun drive down the old CA freeway.

      • LionStone

        Just down the street there is the Beach Chalet Brewery…awesome views also and great food and beer!

    • Link to exact location of that spot. Hope it works 😛 http://goo.gl/nOxvZ

  • I simply don’t understand the point of Google Earth. Why not ditch it entirely and put everything into Google Maps? They’re 2 products that have a lot of overlap.

    • r0lct

      The scope of what Earth can do in the app can’t be accomplished in HTML yet.

    • RW-1

      so with you there …. but in my view one doesn’t need earth at all on a mobile.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Now THAT is freaking awesome!! Can’t wait!

  • RedPandaAlex

    Man, you almost think video game developers are going to want to license these models. Or at least Android game developers will be looking for an API. This looks sweet.

  • this looks totally sweet