After going nearly a month between the last few sets of updates, Google apparently just pushed out some fresh imagery. Thanks to ‘Andreas’ for being the first to spot it.
[UPDATE, August 30: Google has posted their official blog entry about the update and they’ve updated the KML file]
Interestingly, this imagery isn’t very fresh. Andreas found a few locations in Germany with new imagery, but the imagery is from 2008 (replacing imagery from 2004, which is still visible on Google Maps). Perhaps Google just acquired this imagery from a new provider and they’re updating various areas with it?
As is usually the case, you can use Google Maps to determine for sure whether or not a specific area is fresh. This new imagery isn’t in Google Maps yet, so you can compare Earth vs. Maps to see what’s new; the fresh imagery is already in Google Earth, but the old imagery is still in Google Maps. If you compare the two side-by-side and they’re not identical, that means that you’ve found a freshly updated area in Google Earth!
[UPDATED – 24-August, 3:02pm EST]
- Bosnia Herzegovina: Sokolac
- Germany: Berlin (BBI Airport), Schwedt, Templin
- United States: Arizona (Quartzsite), California (Stockton, Modesto, Los Banos, Lake Tahoe), Kansas (Dodge City), Nevada (Carson City, Las Vegas, Reno), Texas (Pecos) — thanks ‘Steven’