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24 de Abril 2006

Google Maps Gets Huge Satellite Update from Google Earth

Last Friday Google updated the satellite data used for Google Maps so it now has the many updates recently made to the Google Earth database. This means the new high resolution data for all of Germany, many places in Europe, the new 3"/pixel data for Las Vegas, and many other places are now available to Google Maps users. A big part of the change is that, when zoomed out, the Earth's land masses will look more green because Google is now using a dataset from a company called TrueEarth.

Here are some blog entries with details on the changes:

From a Google Maps perspective, only the data updates to the aerial and satellite photos are significant. The updates to things like place names you will need to use Google Earth to see.

While we are on this subject, OgleEarth points to a hidden feature allowing you to bring up Google Earth for the current view in Google Maps. If you choose the "Link to this page" option in Google Maps after searching for a location, you can bring up the same view in Google Earth by appending "&output=kml" to the URL.

[EDIT 18:10 EDT: Some folks have discovered that as part of these updates Google Maps and Google Earth can now give directions to most European areas - see example for Paris to Berlin.]

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 07:24 AM

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    Well, no updates to my hometown. Still a green blur. I guess Stone Henge is more important than the beautiful, bucolic Athens, Ohio? Puhleaze.

    Enviado por: cory at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 11:35 AM

    When is SE Wisconsin (Milwaukee) going to get some decent resolution. Currently it completely sucks. Terraserver, even in the non-subscribe mode, provides better resolution.

    Enviado por: Clint Laskowski at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 11:38 AM

    What happend to 3d buildings, I thought at one point google would allow users to view buildings in a 3d aspect. Othewrise what is the point of tilting up and down?

    Enviado por: Eugene f at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 11:46 AM

    Eugene, you can see the 3D buildings in Google Earth for 38 major metropolitan areas in the US. You just need to turn on the "Buildings" layer. Even Las Vegas has a few buildings done, but not the more architecturally interesting casinos so far.

    There are a lot of stories about 3D buildings here:


    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 11:55 AM

    Yeah, same for us in northeastern Ky. New photos, but same, poor resolution. Yahoo maps is much, much better, check out the comparison:


    Enviado por: John at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 12:18 PM

    The rural areas of eastern North Carolina need better pictures.

    Enviado por: macewan at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 12:28 PM

    Yeah, I noticed the "update" last week. I used to have great resolution in my neighborhood - Hartford, WI and now it's terrible.

    Back before Google bought keyhole, the maps for Milwaukee were great. As far as I can see, the quality of maps is getting WORSE, not better.

    Enviado por: Chris at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 12:56 PM

    to be technically correct, satellite photography is not used in google earth. the only current satellite system of appropriate resolution is russia's spin-2 which is not included in the google dataset. the rest of the space-based data is "imagery" not "photography."

    Enviado por: jamon at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 12:58 PM

    nothing for maine in the usa still. looks like i still wont be using gearth sorry

    Enviado por: aaron at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 01:35 PM

    Yeah, SE Wisconsin never shows up. Our resolution sucks? Is Milwaukee hell, or are we just non-existant? Please refer to the Drew Carey show for more details.

    Enviado por: Matt at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 01:51 PM

    I love using Google Earth, especially when it comes to determining directions from one point to another.

    I don't understand Google's pursuit of Maps. I think Google Earth is widely used and that should be their focus when it comes to navigation.

    Enviado por: wom at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 02:08 PM

    I get really good detail on my town! You can see everything down to the cars in my driveway!

    Enviado por: Kevinchai at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 03:23 PM

    Yah, despite the great resolution that some of the more popular and heavily populated areas can be seen with, I'm still wondering when all those people from out in the middle of nowhere such as myself will get a chance to see our own house's too. I'm not particularly a big fan of looking at a giant green blob that's supposedly supposed to be my hometown and can only be viewed somewhat clearly at an altitude of 20,000 feet. Though some of the thing's you'll find on Google Earth are still quite amusing. I found one area that you can see 3 completely different seasons that only encompases a few square miles!


    Enviado por: Tristan Dion at 24 de Abril 2006 a las 05:43 PM

    How about a good closeup of Yermo, CA? Part of the movie "The Incredible Hulk" was filmed there and You can't identify the local streets there, Also in Lenwood, CA there is a short Dirt road named Knight Rd(Realtor) or Knight Ct.(SW Gas) that is seen and not labeled(It's south of 3rd st and east of Paris Ave and west of the Church parking lot).

    Enviado por: Victor Bobier at 25 de Abril 2006 a las 05:56 AM

    I sure hope we get more detail for Guam and Philippines. There is a lot of Golf courses I would like to study in these places.

    Enviado por: Vic Libranda at 25 de Abril 2006 a las 10:55 AM

    Any chance you could cover more than a tiny bit of Ireland considering your European HQ is here?

    Microsoft Local Live goes right down to local side-street level in my little town.

    Enviado por: Conor O'Neill at 25 de Abril 2006 a las 06:01 PM

    cory: Sounds a lot like another Athens-- specifically, the one in Georgia, which only has ridiculously low-res imagery on Google.

    Interestingly, maps.ask.com and the Yahoo Maps beta have much better imagery of Athens, Georgia than Google... but their aerial photos of Macon, my previous home, are seriously out of date compared to Google's.

    Enviado por: codeman38 at 26 de Abril 2006 a las 11:55 AM

    hey google earth people.. u guys rock!!! my class is using ur program for a project... but can u guys update on GUAM.. please... cuz on the version we are using now.. its only a blob of green land.. please and thank you.. oh and also the Philippines... =]

    Enviado por: kris at 17 de Mayo 2006 a las 04:33 AM

    This is so neat! Can you update the info on the Outerbanks, NC. It is old views as places like the Cabana East Motel that was next to Shore Leave, is no longer there. Still trying to find out about The Wharf. Thanks.

    Enviado por: Beatrice Shanholtz at 27 de Mayo 2006 a las 08:53 PM

    I like Google Earth very much and watch it whenever I got time for it. I hope you will continue to make it larger and larger, because I find it such an atractive site.
    Yours Truly,

    Enviado por: Dennis den Boer at 30 de Octubre 2006 a las 08:04 AM

    I love google earh because it gives a great view of da wrld....although I hope U can update the Philippines (spclly Paniqui, Tarlac)...there are alot of blurry places I hope U guys can update it ASAP....thnkxz :-)

    Enviado por: Ja9 at 26 de Noviembre 2006 a las 02:48 PM

    > Image Details <
    Does anyone know why the low elevation images in Google Maps are more detailed than most of low elevation images in Google Earth?

    Enviado por: JH at 16 de Enero 2007 a las 03:44 AM

    Right now, I believe the Google Maps and Earth databases for imagery are the same. There are times when the two are out of synch when they do a big update, or when they have done very small updates. But, this usually only lasts a few days.

    Google Earth also lets you zoom down to a lower elevation than Google Maps, so it is usually Google Earth that appears to have higher resolution. This really is just a limitation in Google Maps zoom levels, the imagery is the same.

    Can you give the coordinates for an example of what you are talking about?

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 16 de Enero 2007 a las 07:51 AM

    I was now 2 times in Shimla / Himachal Pradesh / India. Its a very nice hilltown on the foots of Himalaya. I saw on GoogleEarth only the west part of Shimla. This part is not so interesting. I hope 'they' will update the east part of Shimla soon.... S.P. Germany Apr. 2007

    Enviado por: Stefan at 8 de Abril 2007 a las 12:21 PM

    Who doesn't like that Google maps shot of Vegas? If you can't be there, G-maps is the best thing I've found so far!

    Enviado por: Richard Martin at 19 de Abril 2007 a las 11:39 AM

    How often are the images in Google Earth updated?

    Enviado por: fourdram at 27 de Abril 2007 a las 01:57 PM

    Maps for TR7 updated & now at least 5 years older. Why

    Enviado por: d at 19 de Junio 2007 a las 12:33 PM

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