Remember how much fun you had when Google Earth was first released? Most people lost at least one entire morning at work trying to spot the house they grew up in, or scoping out a city they’d always wanted to visit.
Well, bad news for bosses everywhere, because a new and improved version of Google Earth has arrived. And you’re going to want to go ahead and block off a few hours in your calendar to test it out. Take a look:
If that doesn’t ease your wanderlust, nothing will.
The new version has been in development for two years and uses upgraded satellite imagery to provide users with an extremely detailed, 3D view of the planet. Until now, this 3D feature was only available to certain locations.
Ever seen the lake palaces in Udaipur, India? Well, now you have.
“With the new Earth, 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,” wrote Google Earth’s product manager Gopal Shah in a post on Google’s official blog. “It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth.”
One of the new features include an “I feel lucky” button (similar to the one on Google’s search page) that takes you to a new spot somewhere on earth for a curated view — there are 20,000 of these in total, so feel free to click away.
Plus, Google Earth is now offering a tool called Voyager, which hosts guided nature tours narrated by Sir David Attenborough… and there goes your afternoon.
The updated version is currently accessible on the web in Chrome and on Android (it’ll be coming for iOS soon, too).
Have fun exploring the world through your laptop… but try to at least get a bit of work done today.