It’s taken a few weeks, but we finally have our first imagery update of 2012! Thanks to ‘Ali’ for tipping us off to it on our Google+ page and thanks to ‘Steven’ for being the first to discover and confirm some fresh imagery. Also thanks to @NoelBallantyne for noticing a few other changes, such as some brightened imagery in Ireland.
As is almost always 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 -- 12-January, 5:12pm EST]
- Austria: Innsbruck, Linz — thanks ‘McMaster_de’
- France: Libourne and other areas — thanks ‘McMaster_de’
- Libya: Homs — thanks ‘McMaster_de’
- Trinidad: Port of Spain — thanks ‘Mark’
- United States: Arizona (Kingman), California (Colfax, Oakland), Mississippi (Grenada), New Mexico (Las Cruces), South Carolina (Greenwood), Texas (Brownwood, El Paso, Levelland, Longview, Lufkin, Ozona, San Angelo) — thanks ‘Steven’
If you find any other updated areas, please leave a comment and let us know!