Google Earth, the computer program that showcases a 3D representation of our planet, is used by millions of people all over the world. The program has recently started offering virtual tours of some of the globe’s most amazing national parks, in addition to all the places it already provides for a visit.
The decision has been taken in order to offer an escape during this period of social distancing. While following the measures to stay at home and help halt the spread of the coronavirus, we can entertain ourselves with inspiring landscapes based on the other side of the world.
The virtual tour includes 31 national parks in America, such as the broad vistas of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite, the views of the Everglades, and the rocks of Death Valley.
Not long ago, Google has also opened up its web-based version of Earth program to browsers like Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera. The search giant initially launched Google Earth on the web in 2017 and eliminated its desktop apps back then as well.
Google says that ‘we are big supporters of open web standards,’ but its Earth software launched on the web with Chrome-only Native Client technology because there was no standard available to support what it intended to do.
“We still have some work to do,” notes the Google Earth team in a blog post. “Namely polishing our experience across all these browsers and adding support for Safari.”
The search engine giant unveiled last year the fact that its app would support Safari as soon as Apple adds better support for WebGL2 in the browser. Now, Google has released the maps of Earth on mobile devices with the latest update.
Google Earth 126.96.36.199 Update
The most recent release, Google Earth 188.8.131.52 update, brings the maps on mobile. Creation tools now enable users to collaborate with others in order to design immersive maps and stories with the software on the web.
Users can now view these maps on the go in the brand new ‘Projects’ tab on any Android device.