The tech giant announced Tuesday a major redesign of its exploration app, enabling new features such as guided tours as well as a 3D button to view locations from any angle and share them with friends as digital “postcards.”
“We want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish,” said product manager Gopal Shah in a blog post describing the update.
A core addition to the new Earth experience is Voyager, a feature allowing users to go on interactive guided tours of an area. One example is a tour of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, which highlights conservation efforts featuring research from Jane Goodall.
Although you may not visit a region in person, you can still send family and friends “postcards.” Users tap a 3D button to capture views from any angle, then have the option to share them.
Google also imported the “I’m Feeling Lucky” option from Search into Earth, letting users visit a random destination of their choosing.