Google releases 3D Imagery in Seattle and Denver

When Google unveiled their new 3D imagery technique a few months ago, they promised that they’d be able to quickly roll out new areas and hoped to cover “communities of over 300 million people” by the end of the year. With yesterday’s release of 3D imagery in Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington, we’re one step closer to that goal.


The new imagery is available on Android, as seen in these screenshots, and just recently became available on iOS as well.

We’re still expecting the 3D imagery to be available on desktop versions of Google Earth before the end of the year, and we’re hoping it will be available through the Google Earth Plug-in at that same time.
In the meantime, have fun exploring Seattle and Denver and look for more new cities soon! You can read more about this release on the Google Lat Long Blog.

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. Do Google get, or expect, more ad revenue from 3D images on mobiles as people use them navigate their way round cities than from people sitting at their desks? As the imagery is available through iOS it seems that it is not a competitive move against Apple.

  2. In my opinion, the cities that deserve the greatest attention for 3D are:
    1. New York
    2. London
    3. Washington DC
    4. Chicago
    They should cover these cities first, before covering other places, in my opinion.
    Not surprising that San Francisco was first, home of Google and the hi tech industry. But a little bit awkward that they decided for places like Boulder and Tampa first, before tackling the most important cities.
    London, NYC, Chicago and DC are all priorities in my opinion. Outside Europe and N. America, I would say Dubai is also a high priority.

  3. Dubai yes, and I would also add Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore from Asia.
    From Europe: Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Milano.

  4. Here’s a different take on what cities to consider for 3D imagery: Prioritize the cities that have large universities, since so many students have smartphones.

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