05
Sep
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Google Maps is practical, but Google Earth is kind of the show off side of Google's mapping project. You can explore satellite imagery from all over the world and check out detailed 3D photos of many areas. Now there's even more to see in Google Earth with the addition of your geocoded Google+ photos.

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Photos you've take with geocoding turned on will be available on an additional map in Google Earth. However, you must have picture uploads turn on in Google+ for the images to show up in the app. If you have Geo-location turned off in the camera, or you aren't uploading anything to Google+, the layer will be empty. This feature is also not loading your private photos in the public Earth database, so no need to panic.

As with most apps these days, this is a staged rollout. Have patience.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Scott Warner

    Typo in uploads (Hint: [ is not part of the word :P)

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    I honestly don't know why they still seperate Earth and Maps... The Maps app is so gorgeous!

    • TY

      If I don't use Earth and only use maps, bundling then would mean that I'm forced to deal with some bloatware.

      • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

        Bro, do you even english?

        • TY

          Sorry, I've just re-worded the whole thing :) Take a look and see if you agree or not.

          • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

            Ah okay that makes more sense ;) I don't think that the app gets much bigger with earth integration. I suppose the data would be side loaded while using the app.

  • DavidW

    I was surprised to see this app updated this morning. I thought it was going the way of the Youtube remote.

    • makapav

      Google Earth is intrinsic to their mapping effort and revenue stream. It goes FAR beyond your end-user use. On another note, can you share your update APK for the rest of us if you're rooted?

      • DavidW

        Sure thing. Let me know if this works. This is my first time extracting an apk.

        http://db.tt/p9dCPgJK

  • ITGuy11

    APK por favor!

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    I was offered to upgrade to this Google Earth, but I'm not ready too. I'm sure it's a lot better than Apple maps, but I'm not ready for change.

    • makapav

      Can you share the APK for the rest of us, bro?

      • Guest

        Sure thing. Let me know if this works. This is my first time extracting an apk.

        http://db.tt/p9dCPgJK

        • makapav

          Thanks buddy! This worked like a charm. Spread the apk link around ;-)

        • Leonardo Baez

          tanks!

          • DavidW

            Planes!

          • Leonardo Baez

            lol

          • DavidW

            :( Awe you made the edit.

  • Mircea

    Amazing update. Deserves a full tear-down!