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Google Earth Officially Launches

By - June 28, 2005

GoogleearthIt’s official, Google Earth is here. Google calls it “A 3D interface to the planet.” Now tell me that search isn’t the new GUI…. you have to download an app, but it integrates all manner of stuff. Except, of course, the Mac.

Release in extended entry. From it:

Key features of Google Earth include:

· Free software download available at
http://earth.google.com

· 3D buildings in major cities across the United States

· 3D terrain showing mountains, valleys, and canyons around the world

· Integrated Google Local search to find local information such as

hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and transportation

· Fast, dynamic navigation

· Video playback of driving directions

· Tilt, rotate, and activate 3D terrain and buildings for a different

perspective on a location

· Easy creation and sharing of annotations among users

Update: Google Earth is at capacity….as Andy notes

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Google Earth Offers New Local Search Experience

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – June 28, 2005 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG)

today announced the launch of Google Earth, Google’s new satellite

imagery-based mapping product that combines 3D buildings and terrain

with mapping capability and Google search. Based on Keyhole technology,

Google Earth enables users to fly from space to street level views to

find geographic information and explore places around the world.

Key features of Google Earth include:

· Free software download available at http://earth.google.com

· 3D buildings in major cities across the United States

· 3D terrain showing mountains, valleys, and canyons around the world

· Integrated Google Local search to find local information such as

hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and transportation

· Fast, dynamic navigation

· Video playback of driving directions

· Tilt, rotate, and activate 3D terrain and buildings for a different

perspective on a location

· Easy creation and sharing of annotations among users

“Google Earth utilizes broadband streaming technology and 3D graphics,

much like a videogame, enabling users to interactively explore the

world– either their own neighborhood or the far corners of the globe,”

said John Hanke, general manager, Keyhole, Google Inc. “With many ways

to access geographic information, Google provides a very rich local

search experience for users worldwide.”

Google Earth is the latest innovation within Google’s local search

product suite, which currently includes Google Local and Google Maps

for web users and mobile phone users. With Google Earth, users have

the tools to dive deeper into local information, whether they’re

exploring a vacation destination or researching a new home or

apartment. They can combine multiple layers of information, such as

cross-referencing school districts with address look-ups of available

homes, business listings and public transportation, and save their

results for later use.

For users interested in more advanced mapping capabilities, Google

Earth Plus ($20/year) offers additional features including GPS

compatibility, data import, and annotation. Google Earth Pro

($400/year), for commercial use, offers high-resolution printing and

GIS data import capabilities.

Google Local

Google Local at http://local.google.com helps users locate businesses

in a specific geographic location. Google Local offers comprehensive

local information including business listings, reviews and related Web

pages.

Google Maps

Google Maps at http://maps.google.com, is a browser-based online

mapping service that enables users to find location information,

navigate through maps, and get directions quickly and easily. The

service features results from Google Local to offer users access to

traditional business listings combined with relevant information from

Google’s 8 billion page web index.

Google Local for mobile phones

Google Local is also available for XHTML-enabled mobile phones. When

users visit http://mobile.google.com/local from their phones, they can

type a query such as [wifi hotspot] in the ‘What’ search box and

[10019] in the ‘Where’ search box to receive Google Local results of

wifi hotspots in New York City. Available in the U.S. and Canada only,

this service enables users to find business listings and driving

directions, view an area using Google Maps with zooming capabilities,

and click-to-call. Users may also use Google SMS to receive Google

Local results via a text message.


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5 thoughts on “Google Earth Officially Launches

  1. mneptok says:

    Except, of course, the Mac.

    I think you mean “Except, of course, anything but Windows.” I’m a Linux user and there’s no love for me, either. Nor *BSD, Solaris, or anyone else.

    Maybe they should add the Henry Ford-esque tagline, “Works with any OS, as long as it’s Windows.”

    *sigh*

  2. John,

    well google obviously thinks Paris is an ‘exotic’ place. i’m sure the parisiens will be delighted to hear. but taking into account that paris is ‘exotic’, it’s no wonder ‘munich, germany’ cannot be found. infact, google earth doesn’t find a lot of cities that aren’t in the usa. and of course, there’s no information about bars, atms or suchlike – not even for the exotic Paris.

    seems like googles view of the ‘planet’ is a little limited.

    if ‘search’ is the new ui, google earth is no indication of that.

    WM_MY0.02$
    thomas woelfer

  3. Joel Shurkin says:

    It does not work on Macs.

    j

  4. gogogo says:

    Funny thing is, i used the GOOGLE CACHE to get the download when i noticed they werent offering it.

  5. flix says:

    No there is a working beta Version für mac! look @ google earth