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All-new Google Earth brings storytelling feature and 3D views to Chrome and Android

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Google Earth (Image credit: Google)

You no longer have to download the desktop app or use a browser plug-in to access Google Earth. Just in time for Earth Day, Google has launched a redesigned Google Earth that's accessible over the web and on Android. The redesign took over two years, and includes new features like Voyager, a series of interactive stories that let you explore interesting places from all over the world:

Start with Natural Treasures from BBC Earth, and journey to six habitats—from islands to mountains to jungles—and learn about the unique and thrilling wildlife in each. Then head to Gombe National Park in Tanzania and hear from Jane Goodall about her team's chimpanzee research and conservation efforts. And make a stop in Mexico with Lola, one of 12 little monsters featured in Sesame Street's Girl Muppets Around the World, and learn about modern Mayan cultures.With more than 50 immersive stories in Voyager, and more added weekly, there are lots of adventures to choose from.

Google has also integrated Knowledge Graph into Earth, allowing you to get more information about a particular location. Whenever you search for a place, you'll see a Knowledge Card that highlights facts about that location. If you're just browsing, the "I'm feeling lucky" button takes you to one of 20,000 curated destinations, such as an island off the Swahili coast to hot springs in Japan.

Another new feature addition is 3D views, which can be toggled by selecting the 3D button from the lower left corner of the interface. Doing so gives you a much more immersive experience as you can pan, tilt, zoom, and get 360-degree views of your favorite places.

Google mentions that the new features will be rolled out to the Android app (opens in new tab) via an update to version 9.0 sometime this week, but until that time, you'll be able to view Google Earth in all its glory on the web. What do you guys think of the redesign?

Check out the all-new Google Earth

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

9 Comments
  • it sucks, Google Earth director Rebecca Moore is releasing a clamped/chopped/sliced version of Google Earth as being said 2.0?! How can it be - there is nothing new on it. Where is the HTC-Vive StreetView support? Where is the new DESKTOP version? this is all that google has to show us? Google is all set to revamp its Google Earth today in an event in New York which kicks off at 6 PM IST (12:30 GMT). Cant wait to see how Rebecca Moore dare to say it is NEW GOOGLE EARTH. this is not new google earth. HTC-Vive Google Earth is the new GoogleEarth. DayDream google earth is the new google earth. not this
  • Damn dude, I was hoping the big announcement would be tied in with the Daydream viewer myself, but you seem really upset. 😂
  • Did Rebecca Moore dump you in high school or something?
  • Chrome only, eh? Well I guess I don't need to use it then. Get back to me when there is more browser support.
  • Curious as to which browser you are wanting them to bring this to?
  • I guess in 2017 taking away features and replacing them with stories is an upgrade. This is just a play to expose Google Earth to a wider audience. It's got nothing to offer for current users of Google Earth.
  • No measurements? No historical imagery? No Moon/Mars/Sky? No thank you.
  • I am amazed Google Earth even exists as it it is one heck of a technological achievement. Plus it is FREE. Complaints seem to come from people that feel entitled to MORE. Unreal.
  • Just keeps kicking me to download the app. How do I experience the new Earth in all its new wonderfulness?