Google Earth has come a long was since being acquired by the company in 2004. Each update release has provided fascinating new tools and ways to see our home planet. This year’s release may just be the greatest yet. Let’s check out Google Earth’s best updates of 2017.
Our Google Earth for Genealogist course is quickly approaching, so what better time to discuss 2017’s completely reimagined Google Earth? Whether your using the app to research the ancestral home of your family or to waste time and get lost in another part of the world, these new updates are sure to keep you entertained for hours.
Google Earth Voyager
Voyager elevates the Google Earth experience from simply viewing places around the world to actually emerging yourself in the stories of the places your are discovering. From touring Charles Dickens’s favorite pub, to taking a guided tour of the Galapagos Islands, The Kennedy Space Center, or of the city of Paris, you can prepare to see our planet from an entirely new, and more human, perspective. There are even tours guided by groups like BBC Earth, Jane Goodall, Sesame Street, and NASA available.
While you may be familiar with the ‘Feeling Luck’ option when it comes to your Google searches, it’s a brand new addition to the Google Earth app. If you’ve somehow managed to run out of places you’d like to virtually explore, this option will randomly select one of 20,000 lesser-known locations for you to traverse.
While you could previously view certain buildings in 3D on Google Earth, this newest release has dramatically improved on your 3D option. Now, no matter where in the world you “are”, you’ll see the option to toggle between 2D and 3D views. If you want to really grasp how enjoyable viewing famous locations can truly be, the Grand Canyon is a great place to start.
If you’d like to learn more about using Google Earth for your research, our Google Earth for Genealogist course begins on Monday, September 11th. Spaces are still available, sign up today!