Enhanced Google Search Integration in Google Earth

Last week when Google made an update to their vector data for the Google Earth Database, one of the less documented features they added was an enhancement to their “Populated Places” data. They are providing greater integration with Google Search. If you select the Layer “Populated Places” as you zoom in to a country or state you will see larger cities appear first with white/black square placemark icons. If you select the placemark you get a link to “Search Google” which results in a city search for that location with greater data.
Google Search has pretty detailed and convenient links to things like News and Maps for main cities in the US. And, it will do a basic search for city names all over the world and give some relevant and useful links. But, I don’t get a link to maps for London for example. I would assume if I were living in the UK, it would automatically search the UK version of Google for these city names (which then does produce a link to Google Maps).
Interestingly, if you select the Layer “Borders” (which will not only show outlines of countries, but also the capitol cities in these countries), you will see that the capitol city links are not yet showing a link to Google Search. I guess they are still working through the integration process.
In the near future, I’m expecting Google will start integrating Google Earth with Google Maps. So, you can either choose to view your current Google Maps location in Google Earth or vice versa. Maybe this will happen when Google Earth goes out of beta.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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