Layer Update for Google Earth – 94 new countries with Roads – March 14

Google has made a layer update today for Google Earth (and Maps). Included in this layer update:

  • New Roads – 94 new countries have roads including 58 in Africa, 32 in Asia, and 4 in the Caribbean. And supposedly the roads data is also available in Google Maps. Just turn on the Roads layer and visit the countries to see the new layer information. Zoom in for more details. (Report in the comments if you know which countries have been added). NOTE: While I see some main roads in many countries in Africa, I haven’t found a lot of city street roads in this update for those countries.

  • Business Listings – Layers on businesses like Dining, Lodging, etc. (found under the Places of Interest layer folder) are now added for Brazil and a few cities in Russia.

  • Russian Cyrillic – Placemark balloons now support cyrillic or latin translated addresses.

  • New Zealand – The New Zealand tourism board has added some placemarks with details about their airports. They are found under the following layer folder: Gallery->Travel and Tourism->100% Pure New Zealand->New Zealand Airports

  • Geographic Web Update – Also the Wikipedia entries and Panoramio photo layers have new additions (found under the Geographic Web layer. If I’m reading the announcement right, the Panoramio layer will now begin updating daily. According to the Panoramio blog, the update adds 600,000 new photos – bringing the total to 5.1 million in Google Earth! There’s no mention that the process will be changing for when photos are added to the layer. Of course, you can view new photos added to Panoramio’s site every day.

via Google Lat Long

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. also in the layers pane i saw the possibility to turn off and on the imagery

  2. Indonesia surely gets the road update. YAY!

  3. Bali has gone from 2 or 3 roads to a rather detailed road map. Now I’m waiting for a satellite update there. : – )

  4. The layer isn’t updated daily. I asked some days ago Eduardo of the Panoramio Team why photos doesn’t go live in Earth. He said: Google Earth is very complex so it isn’t easy to add something live.
    I think the original sentence (“You have the choice of over 4 million pictures worldwide, with more added every day.”) mean: Everyday pictures are added to, but after a review they go live. BTW: It are 5.1 million pics

  5. I noticed a new option in the primary layers that enabled you to switch the imagery off. (It was a ‘Radio Switch’ called ‘Imagery’) The result was a transparent globe, with only selected data (such as borders / 3d buildings) on it. It was quite fun and had lots of possible uses.
    The ‘Imagery’ selector has disappeared this morning (15th March UK time). Was it a GError? Love to have it back. Did anyone else notice this transient feature?

  6. I confirm that they updated the road network with names in Saudi Arabia

  7. No roads for Argentina yet. None. And there is Free map information available in several sites. Uruguay, nearby has street names in remote towns, but Argentina… not even main roads. Why are we left behind ?

  8. Its fantastic to see the new countries with roads……I hope they will continue to add new features.

  9. Al Grant says:

    I updated a Wikipedia entry with coords over 6 months ago and its still not appearing.
    Does anyone know why?
    Its the article on RMS Niagara.

  10. Why are South African roads data not added to Google Earth/Maps? The data has been available for years and of a very high standard. It is really frustrating knowing that good quality routable data does exist and not added for convenient use in these applications.

  11. Please update the layer over Darjeeling,India specially over MIRIK Lake near Kurseong

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