More Details on New Layers/Updates

Rather than trying to deduce all the updates to the layers this time, I asked the GE team what were the layers updated this weekend. Here are the details:

  • 64×64 Icons – overhaul of icons to move from 32×32 to 64×64, also new styles for the layer icons
  • As reported yesterday, new Australia detailed roads, and they also say New Zealand (but, I’m not seeing this yet) [UPDATE Feb. 20 at 1630: The New Zealand roads feature officially did not make this update. Official Google word: “Coming soon…”. My guess is this means a month or so when the next layer update occurs. ]
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System: UNESCO World Heritage Sites (in Japanese, only launched in Japanese client)
  • Brazil Parks, including Football (Soccer)
  • Tracks4Africa – added new sub-layers “Special Places” and group under new ” Outdoor Activities” folder
  • Also updated:
    • Best of 3DWarehouse – more buildings added
    • Best of Google Earth Community: approximately 300 new features
    • Panoramio: now nearly 400,000 photos
    • Google Earth Community
    • Turn Here: City Video Guides
    • DigitalGlobe coverage

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.


  1. definitely no roads in nz yet!

  2. what about the hamburg, germany 3d update??? since you mentioned that GE people told you there was an update, could you ask them what the status is with those hamburg people that did the 3d stuff? i find it very disappointing that it was advertised in (biggest magazine in germany) that hamburg will be soon the 1st city in the world completely in 3d via GE, and for weeks now nothing happens, no news, no nothing, very very odd…!!!!

  3. From rumors I’ve read in the blogosphere, the deal with the company creating the 3D models wasn’t finalized when the Spiegel article came out. So, the story was a bit premature. I also read rumors that something had been worked out within the last week or so. But, chances are it will take a month or more for the data to be vetted, tested, optimized, and formatted to meet whatever expectations Google has to make it qualify for their 3D Buildings layer. Then they’ll have to put it in their databases and publish it. Could be longer than a month even I think.

  4. Michael Richards says:

    Why is the quadrant East of Guatemala to Belize increasingly pixelized (blurred out) purposefully, when certain details are shown, revealing high resolution immediately East of the Quadrant (NW: 15.57.51; 88.29.17, NE: 15.58.17; 88.19.54, SW 15.48.57; 88.29.92, SE: 15.48.59; 88.19.42) that is shown in high resolution, and left clear?.
    It appears that there is purposeful ommission, as one moves from east to west. This information is important for a a natural resource planning project.

  5. Mike, that region is simply not high resolution most likely because the primary source of satellite photography (Digital Globe) does not currently have quality high resolution photos for the area. The strips of high res you see are passes of satellites where the sun was at the right angle, the satellite was directly overhead, and there were no/few clouds. Also, DG does not always take photos for regions with low population because there is not a high demand (where they can recoup their cost). If you contact DG you can get a quote to have them take a photo – but, you may have to wait some months until the right conditions occur.

  6. It’s interesting that there is something akin to roads in New Zealand now
    It’s more in the form of semi transparent lines which possibly show walking tracks
    Try looking around Auckland domain…

  7. Duncan Brinsmead says:

    Check out Las Vegas. The entire strip now has textured buildings. (I’m going there in a couple of days, so it is rather timely for me)

  8. That is cool and useful, but I’m wondering when Google will do the first major update of 2007

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