Google Earth just rolled out its biggest update yet — here’s what’s new

Google Earth Voyage

If you’ve ever wanted to go on a bar crawl through Europe to visit all of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite haunts, Google Earth has you covered. 

In a massive update, the virtual globe has introduced a feature called “Voyager.” No longer will you be limited to only exploring places you’ve heard about, nor will you have to resort to randomly clicking on areas of the planet in hopes of finding a gem. Instead, “Voyager” presents you with dozens of curated journeys around the globe. 

Each voyage is centered around a theme. “Museums Around the World” will take you to a Street View of 28 museums in every corner of the globe, ranging from the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. If natural formations are more your speed, “Earth View” will show you “the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth.” 

Each location in a voyage comes with a blurb explaining the landmark on your screen. Some also have 360° video content, while others have YouTube videos embedded — the “Beautiful Birds of Paradise” voyage employs clips from “Planet Earth” narrated by Sir David Attenborough. 

If you’re planning a trip, Google Earth has itineraries that will show you all the best spots to visit in cities like Tokyo, London, and Mexico City. 

The update also introduces an “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature. When clicked, it will take you to a random location or landmark on the globe and give you a description from Wikipedia. 

Also of note is that Google Earth is no longer a download-only program — it can now be accessed from any computer with Google Chrome installed, with support for the other big browsers coming soon. 

Watch Google’s visually stunning announcement video below. 


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