Google Earth for Android or iOS now features a new user-interface and Street View imagery, enabling explorers to virtually browse the Earth from street-level straight from their handsets.
The updated app brings a new streamlined interface, where a tap on the Earth logo in the top-left corner serves up informative layers like Panoramio Photos and Wikipedia. Google Earth also features improved directions, allowing users to "visualise step-by-step transit, walking and biking directions in full 3D", according to a post on the Google Lat Long blog.
But that's not all: Google has unveiled new satellite imagery for all Google mapping products on Wednesday. This imagery supposedly eliminates clouds, provides a better view of texture and landscape and includes refreshed imagery for regions where high-resolution is not available.
Google used Google Earth Engine technology to "mine hundreds of terabytes of data from the USGS’s and NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite", according to another post on the Google Lat Long blog, resulting in a seamless and consistent image of the planet with a resolution of 15 meters per pixel.
Google said the new Landsat 8 satellite, which launched earlier this year, would capture even more up-to-date imagery in the months and years ahead. Users can access the new satellite imagery by going to Google Maps and turning on satellite view or by launching Google Earth.