Google Earth is celebrating its 10th anniversary by introducing new features to help you travel the world from the comfort of your personal computer. Voyager and the expanded Earth View image collection, the two major features included in the updated Google Earth, are now live and accessible to users.
Voyager, currently only available on the desktop version of Google Earth, gives you quick access to some of the most interesting locations around the world. The first edition of Voyager has five sections; Street View integration, Earth View, 3D cities, satellite imagery updates and the Highlight Tour.
While Street View includes major world landmarks in Street View within the Google Earth app, Earth View shows landscapes from around the world as seen from space, 3D cities shows a list of cities that have been completely rendered in 3D, satellite imagery updates shows areas which have recently been updated with new imagery, and the Highlight Tour gives you a quick tour of various Voyager locations.
Earth View is not a new feature as such, but has now been updated to include 1,500 new landscape images. The new imagery is available through the Web gallery and through a new Chrome extension. Google Earth Pro, which was formerly a paid-subscription service, was made free in February this year. The service is now available for free on Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS.