Google Earth Update Hits Odds And Ends

    December 6, 2007

Updates to Google Earth are always fascinating, but sometimes, that’s all they are; there aren’t any obvious practical benefits.  The latest update should be pretty useful, though, as Google has added roads and business listings in a number of countries, and also updated its Transit symbols.

The business listings came in a couple of European clusters – Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden in the north, and Austria and Switzerland in a more central area.  These presumably represent an organized and significant step on the path to Google’s “total information” plan.

Roads, on the other hand, appeared on rather random and distant ends of the earth – Poland and South Africa are about 6,000 miles apart and on opposite sides of the equator.  It seems that Google might have tackled a big job with the business listings, and a rather easier one in this case.

The Google Transit update should amount to yet another far-reaching revision, however.  “Our Transit layer has also been enhanced with new colors and icons,” announced Wei Luo on the Google LatLong Blog.  Google Transit is available for parts of Japan, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.

Finally, Luo’s post was called “December Updates in Google Earth,” so while we can’t rule it out, it might be best not to expect anything else prior to January.