Google Releases Details on July Imagery Update in KML

Google has for a long time only released a written summary of a portion of the updates for their imagery updates. Here is their text details for this update. But, for the first time, after who knows how many people have asked for it, Google has released a KML file that outlines (in red) the areas of new imagery for the July release! Now you can tell just how much of the globe was covered by this update. After four years of following Google Earth imagery updates closely, I can tell you this kind of coverage to the imagery updates is probably typical in their monthly updates.

July Google Earth imagery update

Hopefully now everyone can better appreciate the gift of data Google is presenting to us all with these amazing imagery updates. You also can get a better sense of just how big the planet is by just trying to look at a portion of just the updated areas. I hope Google will continue to release their updates with a KML file like this!
By the way, GEB readers discovered many of the regions in this update over the weekend. Read the details we discovered, and some of the issues found with some of the changes.

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. I love it, I always wanted something like this. Its amazing the amount of new imagery all over the world.

  2. Alex van Es says:

    Nice feature.. but I noticed on the red area’s the images are sometimes as old as 2004.. so where are the updates?

  3. Thanks for the info! Now this is one truly welcome step from Google! No more guessing work and it also allows to draw some attention to remote regions that we otherwise wouldn’t know were updated and wouldn’t had looked at. But now that there are some red rectangles in some remote regions we go and take a look and possibly learn something new about that country or area.

  4. KML – very welcome, although it nay take away some of the fun of update spotting, but…
    … the GE announcement does not make clear whether or not this is a one off or will be a regular featurs. They need every encouragement to make it routine.
    All being well, GEB readers can now focus more on issues over the imagery such as the unfortunate reference in the update announcements to coastal cutting (masking) as being “prettier” !

  5. Bruce Kendall says:

    I think it would be interesting to know how many images it take to make up Google Earth. I have searched but not found this info. Do you or anybody else know?

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