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Google Earth Update Introduces Street View and New User Interface

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Google Earth, Google’s other mapping application, received a solid update this afternoon to version¬†7.1.1. After the update, you will be able to drop all of the way down into Street View, use improved directions (better visuals) and search (quicker), and navigate the app more easily thanks to a slideout navigation menu from the left side.

I have to admit that it has been years since I played around with Google Earth. I don’t know if it’s from this update or what, but it has come a long way. It always used to be so clunky and irrelevant, however, I could see myself diving into some Earthy details from time to time now that it works this well.¬†

The changelog:

  • Google Maps Street View: With Street View, you can explore the world at street level.
  • Improved directions/search: Updated directions let you can visualize transit, walk, bike and drive directions in 3D while update search result list will let you browse search results quickly.
  • Improved interface: Easily browse and enable different layers through use of new left hand pane

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  • Smeckle

    If you use Google Earth a lot on your computer, especially if you do a lot of field work (like me), then it’s incredibly useful on your phone/mobile device to have the additional program KMLZ to Earth. It allows you to open KMLs and KMZs on your device in Google Earth. Invaluable when you need to find specific areas that don’t have addresses that you can look up in Maps.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    It seems like Google Earth and Google Maps are getting closer and closer every year.

  • Cristi Istrate

    Not available in my country. Way ?

  • Ray

    So I just download Earth after having not used it for well over a year. It has certainly improved a hell of a lot since then.

    Loves the battery though. I was only using it for a couple of minutes and I was watching the battery percentage drop!!!

  • Alexander Reddicks

    Anyone notice the “up” navigation doesn’t have the carat anymore? It’s 3 dashes. I wonder if that change will come in the next SDK update.

    • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

      I saw they removed the arrow (which to me was kinda wrong in some cases), but I only saw the dashes now that you said. Very well pointed out.

    • nsnsmj

      I don’t think it’s been replaced. It’s more likely to have been changed in this instance to indicate it will open that side menu.

  • Ray

    I’ve never understood what the difference is between Earth and Maps.

    They seem to be almost identical. Can anyone tell me what the real difference are?

    • Tim242

      Google Earth is detailed satellite views. They are implementing 3D in a lot more places. I was surprised that my neighborhood is 3D. Maps is for navigating, Earth is for exploring.

      • Ray

        Thanks! :)

    • Larizard

      With the processors on phones getting better and better, I think eventually these two will merge.

  • Tim242

    Really nice. Just got me more excited for IO!