Google Earth for Android gets updated with new 3D rendering technology

Right before it launched its re-imaging of email in the form of Inbox, Google announced an update for Google Earth on Android. We’re used to reading about changes in an app’s changelog over on the Play Store but it seems this update is significant enough to warrant an entire blog post over on the Google Maps blog.

Google Earth product manager Ashwin Limaye writes that the newest version of Google Earth on Android will bring with it the first major 3D overhaul in Google Earth’s decade-long history. This new 3D rendering technology will mean faster and smoother transitions while zooming. Those that use create their own maps in KML will be pleased to know that version 8.0 of Google Earth packs support for the opening of KML files from Google Drive right inside the app.

Aside from those two big changes, users will also enjoy clearer labeling and roads and Limave said Google Earth is now getting the same updates as Google Maps so what you get from the app will always be the most up to date information available.

Google is rolling out Google Earth v8.0 starting today. You can also sideload the APK if you’re not the kind of person that likes to wait for it to be served to you via Google Play.


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