Updated Google Maps on Android and Installing the Google Earth Plug-in without administrative rights

A couple of fun notes for today:
Updated Google Maps on Android: Google has updated Google Maps on Android with a few nice features, including the biking directions that were added to the desktop Google Maps a few months ago. Details on the Android News Blog or the official Google Mobile blog.
Installing the Google Earth Plug-in without administrative rights: If you don’t have administrative rights on your PC but you want to install the Google Earth Plug-in, reader ‘redderzooming’ has a workaround. We obviously don’t condone you breaking the rules at your workplace, but if you have a legitimate need to install the plug-in without administrative rights, here’s how it’s done.
He’s created a step-by-step guide on his site that shows how to do it. At one point you have the option of downloading a specific file from him. My system shows that this file is virus-free, but always proceed with caution. If you’re concerned, he also shows you how you can generate the necessary files yourself so you don’t need to download anything suspicious.
If you want to give this a try, leave us a comment and let us know how it works out for you.

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. Please, can we have Google Earth Plugin for Linux?
    This is very wanted :

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