The best of Google Earth for October 2014

The biggest story of the month was the release of Google Earth for Android version 8. Find Frank’s review of the changes and new features here. The most notable feature is a complete rewrite of the 3D engine.

Google have continued to add 3D imagery, the most notable additions being Berlin and Madrid. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to download the KML of 3D areas from this post. A big thanks to all the GEB readers that continue to contribute towards it.

Berlin and Madrid
Berlin and Madrid get the new 3D.

Although, as of this writing, Google’s map of imagery updates has not been updated since the 4th of October, GEB reader ‘munden’ has told us that a number of imagery updates have been made, including:

Bahrain: Manama
China: Dalian, Xiaoping Island.
Denmark: Rosensgade, Aarhus.
Russia: Severormorsk.
Estonia: Tallinn.
Egypt: Port Said, Ismailia, Cairo, Alexandria.
Turkey: Izmir, Körfez, Tavşanlı, Maltepe, Çayırova, Adana.
Guam: Barrigada.
Iran: Bandar Abbas, Tehran.
Japan: Soma, Izumi, Sendai and a strip of imagery along the port of Himeji.
New Zealand: Glorit, Hobbiton (search will show it at Matamata, Waikato).
Russia: Bukhta Krasheninnikova.

[Update: see comments below post for additional areas found by GEB readers. ]

My favorite stories of the month were:

Google’s Skybox for Good program, which provides nonprofits with access to satellite imagery from Skybox Imaging’s satellites.

The Seti Institute’s maps of various planets and moons, which allow us to transform Google Earth into a solar system explorer.

The USGS 3D Elevation Program that promises significantly enhanced elevation data for the US.

What were your favorite stories?

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Also today updated in Ukraine: Symy, Poltava

  2. There is fresh imagery (this summer and autumn) in Berlin and parts of Brandenburg state in Germany

  3. Update in Ukraine: Yavoriv, Sudova Vyshnya, Drogobych

  4. PurpleHaze says:

    Wow! Us PC users are now going to be left high and dry while they make more updates for the *Android* version either skipping the PC or giving PC crappy ones like “Okay Google fans here’s you’re stupid updates! We hope you’re happy! Now let us go back to our pot!”.

  5. When was last update for tn,



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