The latest edition of Google Earth for Android or iOS now at version 7.1 is now available in more than 100 countries and comes with Street View making your virtual adventures will be even more amazing and immersive.
With the addition of Street View to Google Earth for mobile devices, “you can explore many sites from street level right on your mobile device,” informs Google.
With the new streamlined interface, you can simply click the Earth logo in top left and it will give you quick access to more information through layers like Panoramio Photos and Wikipedia.
Google Earth’s also improved directions enable you to visualize step-by-step transit, walking and biking directions in full 3D.
In addition, Google also unveiled new satellite imagery for all Google mapping products–Google Mpas and Google Earth.
This refreshed mosaic was created using Earth Engine to process through almost 700,000 satellite images to build a virtually cloud free image of the globe.
“The new imagery of the earth from space virtually eliminates clouds, includes refreshed imagery for regions of the world where high-resolution imagery is not yet available, (including parts of Russia, Indonesia, and central Africa), and offers a more comprehensive and accurate view of the texture of our planet’s landscape,” google writes. This required about 500,000 hours of computation!
In 2002 NASA released the Blue Marble, a global image of the earth with a resolution of one kilometer per pixel, based on data from NASA’s MODIS instrument.
Google further notes, that inspired by the NASA’s Blue Marble, it has used Google Earth Engine technology to mine hundreds of terabytes of data from the USGS’s and NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite. “The result is a seamless, globally-consistent image of the entire planet with a resolution of 15 meters per pixel, far finer than is possible with MODIS data alone,” google stated adding, “The resulting 800,000 megapixel global image is so big that if you wanted to print it at a standard resolution of 300 dots per inch you would need a piece of paper the size of a city block!”
Google also said that it’ll further capture even more beautiful and up-to-date imagery in the months and years ahead using the new Landsat 8 satellite, launched earlier this year.
To see the new satellite imagery, you can visit Google Maps and turn on satellite view, or by launching Google Earth, and zooming out.
Organizations around the world use Google Maps Engine to host their geospatial data: ecological records used in the fight against habitat destruction, census income and age distributions, and up-to-date store locations and hours. Much of this data is available for public consumption.
Google also announced a new way for developers to visualize and interact with data hosted in Google Maps Engine called “DynamicMapsEngineLayer.”
“This class performs client-side rendering of vector data, allowing the developer to dynamically restyle the vector layer in response to user interactions like hover and click,” explains google.
In the picture below you can see the map of public watershed boundary data from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, one of Google Maps Engine nonprofit grantees:
Check out more about DynamicMapsEngineLayer here.