Knowledge Cards are panels that pop up with useful information about the area that you are looking at. Dive in to view the world at street level with integrated Street View.
For more random exploration, Google introduces the "I'm feeling lucky" feature that takes you somewhere unexpected.
"We're starting with more of a consumption experience", Sean Askay, engineering manager for Google Earth, said at a press preview.
Though Google is trying to offer something new in this update, we can admit the fact that it has to face the tough competition from Apple Maps.
The new version of Google Earth rolls out this week on Chrome and Android, and on iOs and other browsers soon. Google has also included a new search function to Google Earth VR, which also bears support for Oculus headsets. So far, there are a little over 50 stories but Google plans to add more every week.
While you've always been able to search Google Earth, Google has beefed up the search so you can now search for say "The capital of France" and it will take to straight to Paris.
Before Google Maps brought in real-world imagery, Google Earth was the place to go to for satellite views and 3-D images stitched together from aerial fly-bys. And today, Google has finally pushed a major update for it, which brings a slew of new features onboard that makes Google call it the "new Google Earth".
There's also a new 3D button that will let you check out a location from any angle, and you can even send out a virtual postcard to friends and family with the specific place and angle that you saw on the planet. When the feature is used in Google Earth, users will be shown one out of 20,000 pre-selected landmarks or locations in the world, along with the accompanying description of the place from Wikipedia.
Keep your fingers crossed, as a brand new Google Earth is going to be launched on April 18, at a pre Earth Day event in New York City. For iOS and other browser users, you will have to wait for some time. The biggest change most users will notice immediately is the lack of a desktop app; instead, Earth now runs exclusively in Google Chrome as a web app.