New Google Earth Imagery – October 4th, 2014

Thank you to GEB readers André, Martin and Maarten for letting us know that Google did an imagery update on 4th October, 2014.

Imagery updates for 4th October 2014
Imagery updates for 4th October, 2014Larger version.

Google has this map on the Maps Gallery that shows the latest imagery updates. However, there is no way to save it other than via a screen shot. The map is updated after Google releases new Imagery. Until yesterday, it showed the last imagery update that we reported on which was on the 26th of August.

However there is another map here which purports to show updates for the whole month rather than just the most recent date. Strangely, it also only showed the month of August 2014 until yesterday, but now it shows September 2014. When it showed August 2014, it appeared to correctly show a combination of the August 13th and August 26th Updates. So were there updates in September that were never shown on the normal updates map?

You can download screenshots of the August maps here:
August 13th, 2014
August 26th, 2014
Month of August 2014

Imagery updates for the Month of September 2014
Imagery updates for the Month of September 2014 ? Larger version.

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. In September no updates…

  2. Are there August and September imagery updates which do not appear in the 26 August and 4 October ‘latest imagery’ maps?

    On the basis of the British Isles alone, yes, and Google seem to be taking the title ‘latest imagery’ literally as recently published rather than all new imagery since the last ‘latest imagery’ map in the Gallery

    – your August screen shots are small scale but show a swathe of red across southern England
    which is not matched in the 26 August map

    – the September ‘monthly’ map is zoomable and shows important areas of new imagery covering most of London, much of Somerset, and the whole of the Isle of Man, none of which feature in the 4 October map.

    The monthly map would seem the more helpful, but how is it accessed, as a search of the Gallery with all related terms fails to give results? A URL would be useful.

    • Timothy Whitehead says

      The URL is in the post where I say “However there is another map here..”. You are right that it cannot be found in the gallery.

      • OK, but that URL leads to a stand alone page in Google Maps Engine with no obvious means of accessing other monthly updates maps. So I wondered if the way you found the map was open to GEB readers. If not, and Google continue selective inclusion of new imagery in the ‘latest imagery’ maps, I am sure GEB readers would be very grateful if you could provide regular posts including the monthly maps.

        • Timothy Whitehead says

          The map works just like the other one in that it seems to get updated to whatever is latest (or in this case, not quite latest), with no record kept of the previous data. As of two days ago, that same URL was showing August 2014. There is no way that I know of for accessing maps for previous months or previous updates, hence I have started keeping screenshots – with the obvious drawback being that you cannot zoom in.

  3. There was an update Google didn’t bother to put in the latest KML. It came about a week prior to the Oct 4th one. I saw it, but ignored the thing because they’d been good about updating the KML quickly. They delayed so long that they skipped it in favor of the Oct 4th update. I talked about it in Google+. For instance, in the USA Portland, Oregon and Medicina, Italy were updated to new imagery. You’ll notice that they are in the timeslider but NOT in Google Maps yet. There were plenty of other spots updated, but I didn’t bother digging too deeply at the time and can’t recall what else i saw off the top of my head.

    Also take note that New York City just got some nice walking path updates in Street View. The additions include pedestrian walks on the bridges, walking paths along the rivers, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island, and Liberty Island. (i.e. The Statue of Liberty) Solid little update they’ve not bragged about yet.

  4. How do you download Google Earth plus to update the maps which seem to be frozen at 2010

    • Timothy Whitehead says

      Google Earth plus does not have more recent imagery or mapping data than the free version of Google Earth.



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