Google Earth gets a new home on the Web, fancy “guided tour” section

Google Earth gets a new home on the Web, fancy “guided tour” section

April 19th, 2017
No Comments

Google Earth's "Voyager" section can whisk you away to Earth's most

interesting places.


Earth Day is coming up this weekend, and to celebrate, Google Earth received a major update today to version 9. This version is again designed to run in a Web browser (just Chrome for now), but there’s now a standalone home for Google Earth at The Android app has been updated, too (iOS is coming soon).

Version 9 puts a big focus on guided tours via the “Voyager” section, which serves as a jumping off point for YouTube videos, 360° content, Street View, and Google Earth landmarks. The tours are led by scientists and documentarians, with some content produced by well-known groups like the BBC’s Planet Earth team. For kids, there’s a Sesame Street muppet section. Engadget reports that this curated content section will be continually updated. Currently, there are about 40 stories.

The desktop app, Google Earth Pro, is still stuck on version 7 and has a ton of measurement and recording features that aren’t present in the Web browser version


\devworx in print
  • IBM Open Platform with Apache Hadoop Get access to all data, in Hive, HBase or HDFS; within a single query (Big SQL). Let Bluemix™ enable you to play with IBM’s Analytics for Hadoop. Try it now.
    Click to know more
  • \devworx contests
      • No contests are currently running.