The result is sharper and more current images on Google Earth than before.Where things were blurry, they’re now crisp — for example, when you look down on New York City, you can now see details like skyscrapers, building shadows and baseball fields in Central Park, thanks to Landsat 8.Now Google has updated Google Earth with the imagery from Landsat 8, launched in 2013.The new satellite is able to capture images with “greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency — capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day,” Google announced on its Google Maps blog this afternoon.On both menus, destinations are sorted in four categories: Gas stations, Restaurants, Grocery stores and Coffee shops.
It did so by analyzing a large number of images, similar to how it produced this global time-lapse image of the earth.
As before, the new Google Earth imagery is also cloud-free, thanks to mining nearly a petabyte of data.
That’s more than 700 trillion pixels, the company notes, or 7,000 times more pixels than the number of estimated stars in the Milky Way, it adds, having fun with the numbers.
You won't find the updated Google Maps app on the Play Store yet, but fortunately, the APK file is available on APK Mirror.
It seems that the official release won't be coming for a couple of days, but that doesn't matter because we're just so psyched about the new features of Google Maps.
Landsat, which has been in operation since 1972 to track changes to the earth over time, makes its data open and accessible, which is how Google is able to update its maps products as new imagery becomes available.