Google Earth Added To Google Maps, No Download Needed

Google has started to combine its Earth and Maps products with the announcement that Earth view is available to all Google Maps users.

To see 3D imagery in Google Maps, you’ll need the Google Earth plugin which anyone can now use; it’s been available to developers since 2008. There’s also a new “Earth” tab on Google Maps, right next to the Satellite and Map tabs. Here’s a how-to video that Google has published showing how it all works.

On a semi-related note, Google has also launched a Hubble Telescope tour layer for Google Earth, in honor of the telescope’s 20th anniversary.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Earth | Google: Maps & Local | Top News


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  • rafaelluik

    “To see 3D imagery in Google Maps, you’ll need the Google Earth plugin which anyone can now use” – anyone that doesn’t uses the Opera browser (which them doesn’t support). :/

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  • john-marquis-ford

    Very interesting and what a great addition to Google Maps.

    I noticed some trips across the ocean aren’t registered yet, such as getting directions from NYC, NY to Rome, Italy. (message from Google: We could not calculate directions between New York, NY and Rome, Italy.)

    However, when I put in directions from Los Angeles, CA to Honolulu, HI, it did work!

    Funny thing is that it requested for me to “Kayak across the Pacific Ocean” for 2,756 miles.

    One’s arms may give out?

  • cannongoodman

    I found a Chinese version of Google maps ( that has zoomable street maps that I’d like to add into/overlay into Google earth. How is this possible?

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