Google Maps is awesome. You know why it's awesome? Because of stuff like this. On the Lat Long Blog today, Google announced that it has implemented new 45-degree flyover imagery in 51 cities (such as below) around the world - 37 in the US, 14 abroad.


Satellite imagery has also been updated. 17 cities have refreshed space-based shots, along with 112 various regions in a whole bunch 'o countries. So, today's probably a prime opportunity to go around gloating to those friends of yours who are, shall we say, less geographically fortunate.

Here's the full list of locations with updated data.

Cities with new high resolution 45° imagery:
United States: Ames, IA; Anderson, IN; Billings, MT; Bloomington, IL; Carmel Valley, CA; Cedar Rapids, IA; Coeur d'Alene, ID; Corvallis, OR; Danville, IL; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI; Dubuque, IA; Elizabethtown, KY; Enid, OK; Florence, SC; Grand Forks, ND; Great Falls, MT; Gulfport, MS; Hartford, CT; Kankakee, IL; Kenosha, WI; Lafayette, IN; Lancaster, CA; Lansing, MI; Lewiston, ID; Los Banos, CA; Madison, WI; Medford, OR; Michigan City, IN; Olympia, WA; Pocatello, ID; Sheboygan, WI; Sioux City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; Terre Haute, IN; Utica, NY.

International: Angers, France; Clermont-Ferrand, France; Coimbra, Portugal; Dijon, France; Grenoble, France; Livorno, Italy; Lyon, France; Newcastle, United Kingdom; Oberhausen, Germany; Palermo, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Toulouse, France; Troyes, France; Winnipeg, Canada.

Areas with new high resolution aerial updates:
Florence OR, Kellogg ID, Casper WY, North Platte NE, Concordia KS, Alva OK, Austin TX, Nevada MO, Chilicothe MO, Toulouse FR, Clermont-Ferrand FR, Angers FR, Nantes FR, Troyes FR, Lille FR, Thun CH, Lucca IT

Areas new high resolution satellite updates:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Antarctica, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, Iran, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzebekistan, Turkmenistan, China, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand

Google Lat Long Blog

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wrg25 Will Gonzalez

    The awesome Google Maps.....

    • lanfearxt

      Not in iOS anymore!

  • DavyPaul

    Well, I'm spring in a Costa Coffee in Leckwith Cardiff and the satellite image does not show the shopping mall and new soccer stadium. The demolished old stadium is still visible! Let's not float just yet!

  • mesmorino

    I like the way they list United Kingdom like it's one country. rackum frackum gorram 'murricans *shakes fist*

    • squiddy20

      But isn't the UK (in oversimplified terms) nothing more than a conglomeration of all the different countries in that region? I mean, there's still England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, but they're collectively known as the "United Kingdom", no?

      • mesmorino

        In *grossly* oversimplified terms, yes. In the same way that the united States is nothing more than a conglomeration of it's constituent states, except that with the UK, all four are sovereign countries in their own right. And Ireland isn't part of the UK.

        Northern Ireland is though

        • coversnails

          That's why Ireland has been listed seperately, and Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland aren't sovereign countires

          • mesmorino

            Excuse you? Of course they are, you might want to consult your history books- Being part of the United Kingdom does not mean that they're not countries in their own right.

            Or if history is not your thing, see the very first line of the wikipedia article on Scotland.

            Or if basic research is not your thing, try simple observation and inference- A bunch of people with their own territorial borders, their own language, their own culture, their own FLAG, their own capital is not a country?

            Way to insult the entire UK, jeez.

          • coversnails

            Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not possess this because although they have their own parliaments or assemblies they do not have 'supreme independent control' because there is the higher power of the parliament in Westminster

            Yes, they are all countries individually but the United Kingdom is entirely the correct way that they should be referred to as.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Олег-Цой/100002515142603 Олег Цой

            Lighten up Francis. You all UK for the rest of the world.

          • Freak4Dell

            No kidding. If they wanted each country to be known individually, they should have kept it that way, instead of trying to come together under the UK name. It's not like any sane person gets offended when people say the US rather than any particular state.

          • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

            There are places outside the US? Who knew? Whatever...

          • ari_free

            Sheesh you sound like you're French or something.
            WHOOPS what did I just do? :)

          • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

            whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa.....

            yes: Google generalised our country a little. Its not an act of war, have a cup of tea, a digestive and relax.

  • George Tunaya III

    There should be a "Dali" or "Carmen Sandiego" filter to make Google Maps look just like someone else's maps... :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663640163 Jonathan McKenzie

    Out of places to first add 45 degree imagery in Canada Winnipeg? Wtf. Hopefully other major cities are included soon. Good on google for starting tho

    • ReedSolomon

      Winnipeg is pretty flat, it was probably crazy easy for them to add it when they were doing parts of North Dakota. Plus Winnipeg looks pretty nice contrary to general belief.

  • Greyhame

    Stickin' it!!! Atta boy Google!

  • Paul_Werner

    This is sweeter knowing that Tim Cook just apologized for Apple Maps

  • Kamil Romański

    THIS is a very welcome update! :D KUDOS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714859472 Rajvir Singh

    Make Google maps Android exclusive, let the Apple users enjoy their Apple maps..

  • meshuggahman

    I'm wondering why Cupertino, CA is going to get a city update?? ;-)

    • meshuggahman

      I meant WHEN...we KNOW "why"!!

  • http://twitter.com/jeux999 Daner Doodle

    .............why is that photo's alt-text "PIZZA"?

    • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

      i wondered that.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    I love how Google trolls. They just keep adding great updates to a world class product!

    • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

      Apple - "erm deh berst art merpping, meh merps err der berst!"

      Google - "oh hey look guys, Apple are making their first maps... Apple those are some lovley maps, we'll put them on the fridge with all the other 'products' you think you think you did well"

      Fridge: .mac - .MobileMe - iCloud - Apple Newton - Pinpin - iMaps

  • SK

    These are the new cities. They already had 45 degree view for cities before.

  • tjennhw

    App sucks. It looks like that tower is leaning.

    • SMH

      Because maybe its called "the leaning tower of Pisa".

      • Firehawkws7

        You're new to humor, aren't you?