Google has updated its mapping services, namely Google Maps and Google Earth, to provide fresh, high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery for 72 countries and 25 cities.
Included among refreshed images are those of the Olympic Park where the London 2012 Olympic Games are ongoing.
According to a post on the Google LatLong blog, the pictures add the final changes of architecture at the East London stadium. That means the images are less than one month old.
In the U.S., the search giant added 45-degree images of more than 20 cities. Google users can now build 3D models of the urban areas.
At the same time, other major cities in Europe, including the U.K., Spain, and Germany, also found upgrades in their satellite imagery. Parts of Latin and South America, the Middle East, and Australia had similar updates as well.
The new aerial and satellite imagery are now available on Google Maps and Google Earth. That means the online mapping service (as seen from a web browser) and the downloadable desktop application, respectively.
The polish up is on the heels of Microsoft’s update for Bing Maps with a high-resolution imagery called “Bird’s Eye”. The software giant’s refreshed mapping service now shows cities and landmarks in 45-degree angles. Microsoft accomplished the task by taking photos through low-flying aircrafts instead of satellite cameras.
Source: Google LatLong Blog