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Google Earth invites you to look through our planet's past — get ready to feel bad for being a human

Google Earth invites you to look through our planet's past — get ready to feel bad for being a human

Google is calling its expanded Timelapse feature "the biggest update in years" to its Earth 3D mapping system. The tool allows you to overlay historical satellite photography on the 3D topographical maps, watching years of change to the landscape in just a few seconds. You can see dramatic shifts to populated cities, or the geological progression of waterways and landmasses. But of course the most obvious application of this tool is viewing climate change in a much more immediate way.

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Google Earth’s coolest feature is hidden within its Android app

Google Earth’s coolest feature is hidden within its Android app

The face of our planet is constantly changing, and nothing shows this better than a timelapse from a bird's-eye view. If you weren't aware, Google Earth already lets you see this with the help of its Timelapse feature that's available on web for both desktop and mobile. But as it turns out, it's also hidden within the Android app and if you're a tinkerer, there's a way to manually enable it.

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Google Earth now has a dark theme

Google Earth now has a dark theme

It's been more than a year since Google launched its system-wide dark theme with Android 10, but the company still isn't done creating dark modes for all of its apps. Many Google Maps users are still waiting for the eye-soothing theme currently in rollout, but if you want a glimpse at what you can expect while you're in satellite view, you might want to download or open Google Earth. Google has announced that the app now finally has a dark theme.

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Google celebrates Earth's 15-year anniversary

Google celebrates Earth's 15-year anniversary

Google Earth has a long and storied history — though not quite as long as the planet it depicts. The product we all know as Google earth was released on June 28th, 2005. Though we're a few weeks separated from that, Google has taken today to celebrate its formal 15th anniversary. But, in fact, Google Earth's history stretches back a little further than that.

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Google Earth has a new search interface that shows featured content, search history, and more

Google Earth has a new search interface that shows featured content, search history, and more

Google has just announced that a new search "experience" for Google Earth has rolled out. In addition to simply being more attractive, the new layout shows your search history, offers featured content and must-see views, and lets you search for data layers as well as places.

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Take a world tour from your couch with these apps

Take a world tour from your couch with these apps

With all of us stuck at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, a supermarket run is starting to feel like the biggest excursion and adventure we can go on for the foreseeable future. Travel is out of the question, local trips are restricted in many countries, and even the simple idea of stepping out of your house is as daunting as an alcohol and paranoia party. I've been yearning for a vacation for a while — I even had a trip planned for May before all of this went down — but since that's been canceled now, I've found myself thumbing through old pics and 360 photos I've taken during my trips, reminiscing about better times and nicer places, then it occurred to me that I could do something similar but also discover new countries and cities I've never visited, all through the magic of Google Maps, Earth, and Street View.

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Google Earth View has more than 1,000 new wallpaper images for your phones and PCs

Google Earth View has more than 1,000 new wallpaper images for your phones and PCs

Some people fly on planes. Other people fly in their dreams. And while we'd have some idea of how it'd feel to be up there looking down on the world, thank goodness for the advent of camera-equipped satellites to give us the best views of our planet. And if you happen to like a good satellite image as your phone's wallpaper, you're now spoiled for choice as Google Earth has added over a thousand high-quality images available for download from its Earth View Gallery.

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Google Earth now lets you see the stars from your smartphone

Google Earth now lets you see the stars from your smartphone

Until recently, when zooming out in the Google Earth app to get a full view of the globe on your mobile device, you'd see our beautifully blue planet amidst a completely black background. However, thanks to what Google is crediting as advancements in mobile device processing power, you can now get a glimpse of the starry sky right from your phone.

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Google Maps adds whooshy new 'hyperdrive' effect as you browse the cosmos

Google Maps adds whooshy new 'hyperdrive' effect as you browse the cosmos

Most of us aren't likely to get the chance to fly to outer space, much less walk on a planet that isn't Earth, but that hasn't stopped Google from helping us reach the stars from our smart devices. When Google introduced a space exploration feature to Maps in 2017, we all got to see our solar system in ways that simply weren't possible before. This week, a Redditor found that Google has added a fun hyperdrive animation that makes it feel like you're really being teleported to a new planet.

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Google and Santa are teaming up to bring the festive spirit to your devices (Update: APK Download)

Google and Santa are teaming up to bring the festive spirit to your devices (Update: APK Download)

Christmas Eve is only 20 days out, and as such, Google has teamed up with Santa's Elves just in time to spread the festive spirit around the world. Google Assistant will offer you fresh broadcasts from the North Pole Newscast every day, and the Elves have polished up the Google Santa Tracker, which lets you explore Santa's village starting today.

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