Last year at Google I/O the company introduced Tour Guide, a feature that provided animated 3D flyovers of popular destinations inside Google Earth, complete with facts about the site in question.
By October,. Today Tour Guide got a huge upgrade, with more than 100,000 new tours available for destinations in 200 countries. Google also updated existing tours.
Says Google in a blog post:
The new, richer tours combine 3D flyovers, Wikipedia snippets and - for the first time - place highlight and more than 1 million user-generated Panoramio photos in order to create an immersive and educational exploration of your favorite places. Each tour ends with a selection of photo thumbnails which were selected from Panoramio as the best representation of a given place. Clicking on one of the thumbnails enables a full screen photo experience.
Users will find the new tours inside the desktop and mobile version of Google Earth 7.0. No software update is required.
(Via The Next Web)