New Street View coverage 2016

Today we are looking at progress made by Street View in 2016. The map below shows not just changes to Street View but also some other changes Google has made to Google maps over the course of the year. Subtle changes in the fonts results in much of the text being highlighted. In some cases labels have been moved or removed or added (usually this just means a change to what zoom level they appear at). There are also changes to the coastline of northern Greenland and more minor changes to coastlines and water bodies worldwide. Google has increased the promotion of user contributed views which resulted in blue dots being shown on the map even when zoomed out. In the past, one could only see them when zoomed in quite a long way. Sadly user contributed views still do not work in Google Earth. The blue dots are shown but you cannot view the imagery.

The map does not track updates to Street View where there was already existing Street View.

Changes to the Street View map over 2016. Blue: previously existing Street View, Red: changes to the map including Street View.
Large version

The main new recipients of Street View were:

Reunion in February

Sri Lanka in March

Kyrgyztan in May

Albania and Montenegro in November

Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands in December

Bangladesh, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia Thailand, and Bolivia saw significant increases in coverage.

A map in Street View on RĂ©union. See in Street View

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.


  1. Andrew Leahy says:
  2. Andrew Leahy says:

    Hi Tim, to help with highlighting just the street view coverage layer changes, try grabbing the tiles using an empty base map. You can make an invisible base map using the style wizard at

    Of course, we’d want the ‘difference map’ layered back on top of a normal base map for posting! could also be made into KML using a transparent PNG.

  3. As usual per the trend Google focuses on third world nations instead of updating existing ones. đŸ˜›

    Google is a communist company and has heavily *donated* towards such causes. They are no longer the small company they once were ran by people who care.

    I hardly ever use Google anymore.

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