It’s been quite a day for Google Earth. First they announced their one billionth download (which we’ll discuss more tomorrow), and now it seems that they’ve released a fairly substantial imagery update. Thanks to GEB reader ‘Andreas’ for being the first to let us know about 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 – 5-October, 3:03pm EST]
- Germany: Kiel — thanks ‘Munden’
- Greece: Vrontamas — thanks ‘Andreas’
- Spain: Castellar de Santiago, Villanueva de los Infantes — thanks ‘Andreas’
- United States: Colorado (Durango), Iowa (Mason City), Kansas (Salina), Montana (Great Falls), Oregon (Burns, Eugene, Warm Springs), Texas (Dumas), Utah (Logan), Washington (Walla Walla), Wyoming (Gillette) — thanks ‘Andreas’
If you find any other updated areas, please leave a comment and let us know!