New Google Earth Imagery – April 27

Google has just released new imagery for Google Earth. We don’t know the full extent of the update yet, but we’ve found some of it.
[Update, 29-April — The official KML file has been released.]


As is often 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!
You could even use the new “Earth View” in Google Maps to swap back and forth between Maps and Earth view.
[UPDATED — 28-April, 6:58am EST]

  • Argentina: Rosario — thanks ‘3done’
  • Brazil: Sao Paulo — thanks ‘Tiago’
  • Canada: BC — thanks ‘Craig’
  • United States: Arizona (Phoenix, Tucson), Iowa (Des Moines), Nevada (Las Vegas) and Texas (almost the entire state) — thanks ‘Andreas’, ‘cristi’, ‘Chris’, ‘McMaster_de’ and ‘ChristianNL’

If you find any other updated areas, please leave a comment and let us know!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. It appears google updated the imagery data of São Paulo – Brazil. The new imagery is newer, but the quality is much worse than the previous.

  2. san antonio TX january 2010 new imagery

  3. des moines IA, but i don’t know exactly….the imagery is dated 21st apr april 2009

  4. beaumont TX 12th march 2010….new imagery hi resolution check out!

  5. Parts of Shanghai have new imagery

  6. Actually if I go here,+Syracuse,+NY&sll=42.95878,-76.194192&sspn=0.006266,0.014859&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=E+Seneca+Turnpike,+Syracuse,+Onondaga,+New+York+13205&ll=43.001953,-76.129826&spn=0.001565,0.003715&t=e&z=19&ecpose=43.00195329,-76.1298259,318.24,-4.419,0,0
    I get an image dating from early 2006 in either Satellite or Earth view according to Google Earth, but the latter also has images from later in 2006 and in 2009. So Earth View’s imagery is not as up to date as Google Earth’s. (I don’t know why the Earth view image is copyright 2010, but it’s clearly from at least a couple years ago judging from the absence of a new building there.)

  7. Dawson Creek, BC Canada has new imagery. We are about 600 km northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, close to the BC/Alberta border.

  8. Tucson, AZ (finally!) to November, 2009.

  9. ChristianNL says:

    Las Vegas, Nevada

  10. Rosario, Argentina

  11. The East Bay in CA has new imagery from last October, meaning there’s no more dark imagery from August.

  12. New imagery also in Mendoza, Argentina

  13. Cristobal Jordan says:

    Shanghai (Imagery from February 13, 2010 – GeoEye)

  14. Be sure to check the Historical Imagery option in GE for your area of interest. While the NYC base imagery is the same, there’s May 2009 imagery in Hist-Im,including a shot of both Baseball Cathedrals in the Bronx! (Two Yankee Stadiums to the uninitiated, one of which is now gone.)

  15. Japan: An area including Onga, Wakamatsu up to Shimonoseki. (Northern tip of Kyushu island)

  16. Japan: Niigata was updated too.

  17. google must remove the “new” sao paulo imagery

  18. McMaster_de says:

    Japan: Shizuoka and Shimizu

  19. Anonymous says:

    No new imagery for Houston. You’d think “almost the entire state” of Texas might include Houston.

  20. McMaster_de says:

    USA: Phoenix, Arizona – November 20, 2009

  21. Why Google update many small cities in Brazil & forget other big cities? CAMPOS DOS GOYTACAZES in the North of Rio state has 2004 image!
    São Paulo new imagery is horrible. There was already a good previous image

  22. I can see a highway on Google Maps, but I can hardly see it (only if I zoom in significantly) in Google Earth at Cluj-Napoca, Romania. This is not the case in neighboring Hungary and Poland. Why?

  23. Japan: Fukuoka
    India: Visakhapatnam

  24. Thiago from São Paulo, said: “It appears google updated the imagery data of São Paulo – Brazil. The new imagery is newer, but the quality is much worse than the previous.”
    Yeah, I agree. Why?

  25. China: Yu-shu, Qing-hai. The town the earthquake attacked this month. The imagery shows the town before the earthquake.

  26. Phoenix, AZ imagery update happened in early March, several rounds of updates ago.

  27. Google Maps is now showing the updated imagery, but the network link highlights what was updated April 27th.

  28. Anonymous says:

    All right, I said that they had no new imagery for the Houston area, and I told the truth – they added some from October 2008. Not exactly “new” but still interesting to compare.

  29. Trinidad needs updating please

  30. In the last 2 years five of my GE ready models have been made to look terrible because of the new inferior imagery clouds, blurry, poor colour.
    I have sent over a hundred messages that cant be replyed to. Surely if I cant get a complicated 3d model reviewed and accepted within 2 weeks someone at GE can have a look at the suggested change in imagery and decide to revert back to the better one. I am obviously aware of the tool in the GE programme but I mostly use the other applications of Google earth Google maps and api viewer etc.

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