Google Earth that began ten years ago, to help people explore the planet has more than two billion downloads till date, and today evolve as Google Earth VR as an effort to help the world see the world in virtual reality.
The Google Earth, which is at 196.9 million square miles today, and with Earth VR launched, now you can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space.
Earth VR comes with cinematic tours and hand-picked destinations that send you to the Amazon River, the Manhattan skyline, the Grand Canyon, the Swiss Alps, and more.
Like Tilt Brush, Earth VR is launching first on the HTC Vive, but as Google notes, more updates on Google Earth across other platforms is coming next year.
You can download Google Earth VR today in the Steam Store for free.
Smart scrolling comes to mobile web maps
Google has of late publishing a lot of resources and guideance to help developers make their websites responsive mobile-first, and promoting new mobile web technologies such as Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and Progressive Web Apps.
Now to give users a more intuitive and less frustrating map interaction experience on mobile browsers, today, the company is introducing “intuitive scrolling for sites with embedded maps and making the full-screen control visible by default on mobile devices.”
To see how the fullscreen button and cooperative gesture handling mode (or auto gesture handling mode on a scrollable site) will look to users, on a mobile device, see this demo.