As we reported earlier, Google was planning to bring some significant changes to Google Earth. And today, Google has finally pushed a major update for it, which brings a slew of new features onboard that makes Google call it the "new Google Earth."
One of the major features that debuted on the platform is Google Earth Voyager. It offers “guided tours” around the planet presented by Jane Goodall or BBC Earth. There seems to be an excellent selection of tours listed under the list in Voyager. If you are looking to discover new locations for your next trip - Voyager is all you need.
In addition, the tech giant has also added Knowledge Cards to Earth, which let you access in-depth information about places that you want to visit or are interested in. You can read these Knowledge Cards whenever you want to get enlightened by new information. These cards are also a part of Voyager feature. Other than searching for new places on the planet, you can also fetch Knowledge Cards to find about related places.
Regardless of how nifty these features are, you do need to know what you want to search on Google Earth. For the ones who have no idea about what to search, you can always use Google's old school "I'm feeling lucky" feature. If you're a curious globe trotter then the revampled interface of Google Earth would please your eyes. Besides, you can also click on the die icon in the left sidebar to let Google Earth fly you to a random location on the planet.
Google writes about new Home section under Voyager:
We hope that after visiting your house in the new Google Earth, you'll be inspired to see someone else’s. Get started with a special Voyager story called This is Home, a journey into traditional homes from cultures around the world. You’re invited to step inside a Peruvian chuclla, a Bedouin tent and a Greenlandic IIoq, and meet the people who live there. Check back to visit more homes in the coming months.
There is a new 3D button that lets you take an upclose and personal view of famous landmarks on the planet. If you come across your favorite landmark, then you can share it as a virtual postcard with your friends. Google has also included a new search function to Google Earth VR, which also bears support for Oculus headsets.
The better and bigger Google Earth update has overhauled the entire outlook of the software. You can have more fun on Google Earth with all the brand new features. It is currently live on Google Chrome and it will be available of Android, later this week. For iOS and other browser users, you will have to wait for some time.