Take 100,000 more tours inside Google Earth

An update to the world-exploring app introduces new 3D flyovers around the world.

A tour of the Palace of Arts in San Francisco, seen in Google Earth.
A tour of the Palace of Arts in San Francisco, seen in Google Earth. Google

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, the app had 11,000 tours available . 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)

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Casey Newton writes about Google for CNET, which he joined in 2012 after covering technology for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is really quite tall.


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