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Google Earth gets revival with tools for exploration

One can search any area on the earth through Google Earth. See the world from a new point of view with Voyager, which brings you stories from the BBC, NASA, Sesame Street and more.

Google Earth is getting a revival, with the 3-D mapping service becoming more of a tool for adventure and exploration.

"Hold it in your hand, pass it around a classroom, fly around the world and walk inside places thousands of miles away in incredible detail", Google Earth project manager, Gopal Shah said in a blog post.

As reported earlier this month, Google today has unveiled its new vision for Google Earth, the software that combines satellite imagery, topographic maps and 3D cities, to help you better visualize the planet. If you wish to share your location with family and friends, then even this is possible in this new version.

Now the new Google Earth has been made available on all desktops, Chrome; and Android as it rolls out this week.

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When most people think of Google Earth, they think of a desktop app or browser plug-in that you have to download to your computer that can be a bit clunky to navigate.

It will also make suggestions on other locations armchair explorers might be interested in exploring based on what they have searched in the past. Through the "I'm Getting Lucky" button, Google Earth takes you to a random site for you to discover. So on the eve of Earth Day, Google has released a new version of Google Earth for the web and Android. Once there, you can open up a new "Knowledge Card" that will offer more information and history about the place in question. Recipients can click the link to jump right to where the user was virtually standing. The new features are available today for Google Chrome browser and Android users.

One of the first Voyager stories users may encounter is called "This is Home".

Sean Askay, right, engineering manager with Google Earth, demonstrates features on Google Earth, displayed in background, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in NY. There seems to be a good selection of tours already available within Voyager, whether you're looking to find out more about Earth's exotic locations or cultures, or you just want to find your next travel destination.

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