Google Earth and Maps Posts New 3D Aerial & Satellite and 45° Imagery - Live-streaming London Olympics in HD through New YouTube Channels, Redesigned Live Streaming Player

In its effort to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people around the world by the end of the year, Google Earth and Maps just published another extensive catalog of new 3D imagery. "This week we have exciting new updates to both our high resolution aerial and satellite […]

In its effort to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people around the world by the end of the year, Google Earth and Maps just published another extensive catalog of new 3D imagery.

"This week we have exciting new updates to both our high resolution aerial and satellite imagery for 25 cities and 72 countries/regions," Google stated.

The updates are now available in both Google Earth and Maps.

Google has also released new satellite imagery taken this past May of the Olympic Park and Village in the United Kingdom, where the London 2012 Olympic Games opens this Friday.

Google also this week released 45° imagery update that includes coverage for 21 U.S. cities and 7 international locations.

Google Posts new Aerial, Satellite and 45 degree 3D imagery: The Frauenkirche, a symbol of the Bavarian capital city - Munich, Germany

In other Google news, Google has now removed the 'experimental' tag from YouTube's IFrame Player API's, which means the API is production-ready and is covered by YouTube's deprecation policy.

"Since the <iframe> embed is the default way of sharing YouTube videos on the Web, the IFrame Player API is now the recommended mechanism to control video playback behavior in your Web applications," YouTube API team stated.

To provide a consistent developer experience with the YouTube Upload Widget, the team also changed the the URL for loading the IFrame Player API code to https://www.youtube.com/iframe_api, and the old URL (http://www.youtube.com/player_api) is now deprecated.

The iframe API initialization callback name has now been changed to "onYouTubeIframeAPIReady" from onYouTubePlayerAPIReady, for consistency with the YouTube Upload Widget. The old callback name, is now deprecated as well.

"If your app uses both the YouTube Upload Widget as well as the IFrame Player API, you only need to include the script once and handle a single initialization callback," adds the YouTube API team.

Refer to this document for more details.

Also, to help Catch all the excitement of the Summer Games live from 2012 London Olympics, Google will be live-streaming the events in HD through YouTube on new channels and completely redesigned live streaming player with tons of new features:

  • "See all the live stream at any time: From the IOC YouTube channel, live recording lets you see any part of the event you missed. For United States viewers, NBC's YouTube channel also offers chapter markers to let you jump to key moments, and an instant replay button that shows the last 10 seconds again.
  • More video and audio to choose from: Select from multiple camera angles within a livestream, as well as English or Spanish audio on NBC's live stream.
  • Watch how you want: See all these features and more on your desktop, mobile phone or tablet, with a livestream that adapts to your connection speed to show the best experience possible.
  • Keep track of your favorite games: Get reminders of your favorite games with the NBC Olympics Scheduler app on the Chrome web store," YouTube informs.

NBC Olympics Scheduler App for 2012 London Olympics