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Meet the new Google Earth

by Josh Levenson | April 18, 2017April 18, 2017 2:30 pm PDT

As expected, Google launched a revamped version of Google Earth on Tuesday, and you don’t need to download a standalone program to access it. You can open the software using Chrome on your computer. It’s also accessible on Android through a standalone application, with an iOS client on the way later this year.

Aside from a fresh user interface, the most notable addition the upgrade brings is an interactive tour feature called Voyager, which helps you learn about the world through video clips. At present, more than 50 are available, including a tour of the Tanzanian Gombe National Park led by primate expert Jane Goodall and her team.

The overhaul also brings a “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, dedicated to educating you on interesting places dotted around the world you may not have previously known about. In addition, when exploring a location in 3D from a movable drone’s-eye view, you’ll be presented with a Knowledge Card of interesting facts about the area you’re looking at.

Want to try it out?

Head over to the Google Earth page to try it out.

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Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...