Google is on a roll, and today they’ve issued a quick update to one of their most amazing applications. That being Google Earth. While we’ve already had Street View in Google Maps, you’ll now be able to explore the streets all across the world in Google Earth. Try going to the streets of Italy, it’s a blast. That isn’t all either so read on past the break.
Today Google’s other map application got some pretty cool stuff. After updating to version 7.1.1 of Google Earth you’ll now be able to zoom in close enough to see your dog in the backyard by the pool (I can at my house) then even go down to Street View should you choose.
Google’s also improved and enhanced the search and directions features in Earth. And a part of that also uses the new user interface and slide-out menus. There’s one off to the left, and another on the bottom. Search now lets you visualize transit, walk, bike and drive directions in 3D while update search result list will let you browse search results quickly.
Being able to quickly change layers and such all through the new slide-out panel on the left is a nice touch. Google Earth doesn’t get updated nearly as quick as Maps, but this latest one sure did add a few decent little things. It’s not so bad, give it a try from the link below and enjoy that new Street View in Google Earth.
Check out the world without ever leaving your chair, Street View has come to Google Earth
The Google Earth application has received a major update today, and with version 7.1.1 comes a trio of great changes. The most obvious, and definitely the coolest, is that you can now zoom the whole way down to Street View to check out the world at street level. Long a staple on Google Maps for Android and the web, this is a nice addition.
Besides Street View, Google has improved the search functionality, made directions allowing you to see a 3D view of transit, walking, bike and driving directions. Another major change comes to the UI, which now offers a slide-out panel from the left side much like the Google+ app.
Google Earth has come a long way, and it's nice to see an app that can take advantage of today's high-powered phones and their processing muscle. If you've never tried it, or if it's been a while since you had a look, grab it from the Google Play link above.
Google Street View has now reached the 50 countries mark with the inclusion of Hungary and Lesotho, the update pushed today being the largest single one so far.
According to the Google Lat Long blog, alongside the inclusion of Hungary and Lesotho, the service has significantly expanded its coverage of Romania and Poland, together with other interesting locations. The update, which is the largest single one so far (bigger than the one in October), includes and updated imagery of an incredible 350,000 miles of roads, in 14 countries. The good Google Street View news doesn’t stop here, as Google says that coverage has also been added and expanded for France, Italy, Russia, Singapore and Thailand.
The blog post mentions some of the beautiful places in Budapest, Hungary, that you can now check out on Google Street View (like the Danube bank in the screenshot below), as well as the beautiful African views in Lesotho.
Also, some special collections of picturesque spots in Portugal, Hong Kong and Ireland have been added, for those wanting to do some virtual tourism, or maybe select their future vacation destination (you may remember Google travelling to the Grand Canyon for the same purpose a while ago).
How about you? What interesting uses for Street View on Google Maps have you found?
Having launched in 2007 with only five US cities being shown, Google Street View is now touting availability in 50 countries. The 50 country milestone arrives as Google takes Street View into Hungary and Lesotho. This latest update however includes coverage for more than just those two named areas. In fact, Google has this update listed as being the largest single update ever for Street View.
Basically, this update has brought new and updated coverage for approximately 350,000 miles of road. Perhaps more telling, those 350,000 miles are spread out across 14 countries. Those looking to take a virtual trip using Street View will now be able to see landmarks such as the Hungarian Parliament building as well as the Chain bridge or venture over to Lesotho and see the Evangelical Church, which was founded in 1833 and is said to be one of Africa’s oldest Protestant churches.
Aside from the new coverage in Hungary and Lesotho, this update brought refreshed coverage in France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore and Thailand. Looking back, Google also updated Street View in February and March of this year. The February update took Street View inside of some NFL stadiums and the March update took us to some of the tallest mountains in the world.
Focusing in on the mountain update and those checking out Street View are now be able to virtual climb peaks such as Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mount Elbrus in Europe as well as the Everest Base Camp in Asia. Bottom line here, while the 50 country mark is a decent milestone, this is more than likely just another in an ongoing series of Street View improvements.
If you’ve been taking far too many virtual road trips after employing the (unofficial) Street View Hyperlapse chauffeur, you may be running out of places to go next. Well, today Google has added Hungary and Lesotho (a country within South Africa) to the list of lands you can vicariously visit, which brings the total number of Street View-catalogued countries to 50. This being the “largest single update” since, well, the last big one, Google has also added “new and updated imagery for nearly 350,000 miles of roads across 14 countries,” including more places of interest for its special collections, thanks to the Street View trike. So, why venture outdoors this lunchtime, when you can wander the streets of Budapest instead?
Taking Google’s maps and Street View imagery, design firm Teehan+Lax Labshas moulded them into an unofficial time-lapse animation site. While there’s some predetermined (and beautiful) routes offered up on the maker’s site, you can also plug in your own favorite journeys from A to B — perfect for reliving that milk run. If you’re looking for something a little more aspirational, however, we’ve added a video of one of the lab’s examples after the break.
The Google Art Project could be considered a safeguard for culture when it’s preserving work that’s not just difficult to see, but may disappear at the drop of a hat. Witness Google’s latest addition of 30 partners, and almost 2,000 pieces of art, as proof. The collection includes 100-plus examples of high-profile graffiti and street art from Sao Paulo, some of which aren’t guaranteed to survive unscathed; there’s also 300-plus photos from Spain’s Fundacion MAPFRE and a famous Hungarian poem whose original copy is usually too fragile to show. Although the digital expansion won’t replace booking a flight to visit the artwork first-hand, it may prevent some urban masterpieces from fading into obscurity.
Some day, people will remember Facebook as the social networking giant that it is today, and they will say, “Remember when hashtags on Facebook were not a thing? Yeah, those were the days.”
It hasn’t happened yet, but Facebook will indeed introduce hashtags as a feature that its users can use — and possibly abuse — if a recently published report on the Wall Street Journal is the be believed. Apparently, Facebook is currently looking into incorporating hashtags as its battle with microblogging site Twitter rages on.
According to sources cited in the above-mentioned report on the WSJ, Facebook hashtags are currently in the testing phase. And much like the original, Twitter-based counterpart, Facebook hashtags will be used to group similar content on the same topics.
Even now, Facebook users are already using hashtags, despite the fact that they don’t really do anything at all. Except maybe make short, indirect, and “witty” statements that could otherwise only be shared via typing out complete sentences. If Facebook does indeed decide to finally add hashtags as a feature at some point in the future, then it would perhaps be put to much better use by Facebook users.
At the moment, the hashtag-as-a-way-of-grouping-content feature only really works with its originator, Twitter, as well as online photo sharing site Instagram, which Facebook famously bought for $ 1 billion back in April 2012.
The NFL and Fantasy Football season might be over now, and my Packers didn’t win the Super Bowl, but that won’t stop us and Google from enjoying the NFL in some way or another. While the Ravens are champions and Ray Lewis is going out on his own terms, Google’s giving all of us fans an inside and up close look inside of some of the best NFL stadiums. Starting with a street view mode of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.
The home of the 2006 Super Bowl Champions, the Colts, who also hosted last years Super Bowl are now giving Google’s cameras a look inside the stadium. Google Maps street view has rolled into the stadium and wandered down the hash-marks to the 50 yard line and is giving us a first-hand look of what it would be like to do an end zone touchdown dance Victor Cruz style.
Google’s calling this their “Vip 360-degree experience” inside of many of the best locations around the NFL. They recently did the same for the Grand Canyon, but today’s all about the NFL. Basically for those that don’t want to watch LeBron and MJ argue about who’s the best Basketball player of all-time, you can turn on Google Maps and relive the football season. I can’t wait for draft day and training camp myself.
Street view on mobile will let you walk on the field, and even wander the halls and head to the Colts locker room. For those on a PC however, Google claims you’ll get the full VIP experience heading into suite and club level VIP seats, walk through the stands, and anything else you can imagine. I’m thinking the Quarterback Suite is where I want to watch the game from. The Colts and Google are happy to give us, the fans, the chance to visit the stadium from anywhere in the world. Google plans to offer other locations and stadiums soon. I wouldn’t mind a tour of the Dallas Cowboys stadium, or my Packers of course. Who’s your team?
True to Iwata-san’s word, Google Maps with Street View is indeed making its way to the Nintendo Wii U this month. Word of the mapping service’s impending arrival first came this past December, but at the time, no mention was made of availability outside of a vague January 2013 launch. As we learned later however, it was pushed back another month but Wii Street U Powered by Google is live in Japan, and will be free through the end of May. After that, there will be a fee for access to the service’s Panorama View-like feature, which leverages the GamePad for 360-degree perspectives. Of course, you can also peruse both plain and Street View maps from the TV, but that kind of diminishes the gimmicky point of the second screen controller. (Also, you could just use a laptop, tablet or phone for Google Maps — just sayin’.) Hit the source link for an interview with the team behind bringing the app to the console.