Google Launches Big Google Earth UpdateBy: Chris Crum - January 30, 2013
Google launched a major update to Google Earth this week for the desktop, iOS and Android. The update includes the addition over over 100,000 new tours and a million new photos in Tour Guide.
“As you navigate in Earth, tour guide acts as a local exploration expert suggesting interesting places near the location you’re visiting,” Google said in a Google+ update on Tuesday (via TheNextWeb). “Today’s update adds over 100,000 new tours of popular sites, cities and places across 200 countries, as well as enhancements to existing tours.”
“The new, richer tours combine 3D flyovers, Wikipedia snippets and – for the first time – place highlight and more than 1 million user-generated Panoramio photos in order to create an immersive and educational exploration of your favorite places,” Google added. “Each tour ends with a selection of photo thumbnails which were selected from Panoramio as the best representation of a given place. Clicking on one of the thumbnails enables a full screen photo experience.”
The Tour Guide feature is available on Google Earth 7.0. Google introduced this version back in October bringing the tour guide feature to the desktop.