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Google announced yesterday that it has begun rolling out new high-definition satellite imagery of Earth to its Google Earth and Google Maps apps.

The company said it was introducing a new cloud-free mosaic of the Earth's surface made up of high-resolution images taken by Landsat 8, a satellite deployed by the USGS and NASA in 2013.

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Google Earth image of New York City before update

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New Google Earth image of the same area after update

In a blog post announcing the update, Google explained that the seamless mosaic uses new processing techniques for sharper pictures, and was composed out of a mind-blowing amount of open access digital data:
To produce this new imagery, we used the same publicly available Earth Engine APIs that scientists use to do things like track global tree cover, loss, and gain; predict Malaria outbreaks; and map global surface water over a 30 year period.

Like our previous mosaic, we mined data from nearly a petabyte of Landsat imagery--that's more than 700 trillion individual pixels--to choose the best cloud-free pixels. To put that in perspective, 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe.
Some users are reportedly still seeing old images in the app, and Google hasn't offered a specific timeline for completion of the update, which began on Monday. Users can check the blog post for more images and information on the satellite's history.

Google Maps is a free download from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

Google Earth is available to download for the Mac here.

Article Link: Google Maps Satellite View Gains High Definition Landsat 8 Imagery
 

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Wow, that's cool, I love zooming in and over the years the resolution has improved. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this :D
 
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Still 9-years old, low definition satellite imagery in my area, whereas Apple maps imagery is sharp, and updated.

Not a fan of Google, but my experience is the complete opposite. In the downtown Miami area, Apple Maps is still showing vacant lots in locations currently inhabited by new skyscrapers and new development across over 7 city blocks. Google Maps shows up to date imagery.

I get that Apple is years behind Google in the mapping business but this is no excuse for outdated satellite photos. This is simply a reluctance, on Apple's part, to spend the money necessary to license newer satellite image data. Kinda pathetic for such a profitable company.
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In the future we'll see imagery in real time.

That's a terrible idea. Huge privacy issue.
 
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sofila

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Still 9-years old, low definition satellite imagery in my area, whereas Apple maps imagery is sharp, and updated.
How come I'm not surprised. Anyway in my area (same country) is exactly the opposite. On sat images there are streets and buildings (in construction) that are less than 3 months old.
Who would imagine that.
 
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Still 9-years old, low definition satellite imagery in my area, whereas Apple maps imagery is sharp, and updated.

It's a rolling update. Give it sometime

Where do you live? I'd like to see a 9 year old google map image, never seen one .

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How come I'm not surprised. Anyway in my area (same country) is exactly the opposite. On sat images there are streets and buildings (in construction) that are less than 3 months old.
Who would imagine that.

Come to think about it. How would you know an image is 9 years old?..... :)
 
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Hey Apple...... ☝️☝
[doublepost=1467118687][/doublepost]Ok this story has been going around since yesterday, is it just me that seem NO DIFFERENCE in google maps? Look at New York as terrible detail as it always was.. Am I missing something here??
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It's a rolling update. Give it sometime

Where do you live? I'd like to see a 9 year old google map image, never seen one .

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Come to think about it. How would you know an image is 9 years old?..... :)

Here we go:

Apple: the beautiful Calatrava bridge in Reggio Emilia, Italy: Reggio nell'Emilia — Emilia-Romagna

Google: bridge isn't yet built https://www.google.it/maps/@44.7273078,10.6349815,961m/data=!3m1!1e3

I know it's about 9 years for sure, as my house was finished 9 years ago, and in Google it appears under construction.
 
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That's a terrible idea. Huge privacy issue.
I don't remember where, but 2/3 years ago I was reading about a fully-automated system checking traffic and identifying cars breaking traffic laws all in real-time. Speed limits, lights and so on.
Never went further getting news about this but I think present technology make this already available to the "public"
 
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Take that Scott Forstall
Well, Ive hasn't improved that front, has he?
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Hey Apple...... ☝️☝
[doublepost=1467118687][/doublepost]Ok this story has been going around since yesterday, is it just me that seem NO DIFFERENCE in google maps? Look at New York as terrible detail as it always was.. Am I missing something here??
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Rolling out for users, not places
 
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Here we go:

Apple: the beautiful Calatrava bridge in Reggio Emilia, Italy: Reggio nell'Emilia — Emilia-Romagna

Google: bridge isn't yet built https://www.google.it/maps/@44.7273078,10.6349815,961m/data=!3m1!1e3

I know it's about 9 years for sure, as my house was finished 9 years ago, and in Google it appears under construction.

Thanks

My bad . I thought you were from the US. While obviously in your profile says Italy.

Interesting. Wonder why Google is so far behind ...
 
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danleon950410

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Here we go:

Apple: the beautiful Calatrava bridge in Reggio Emilia, Italy: Reggio nell'Emilia — Emilia-Romagna

Google: bridge isn't yet built https://www.google.it/maps/@44.7273078,10.6349815,961m/data=!3m1!1e3

I know it's about 9 years for sure, as my house was finished 9 years ago, and in Google it appears under construction.
Dumb argument when you think it through.
Apple Mapps was launched a few years ago, so the material might be more recent than Google's dont you think?

If you wanna stand for AM then prove how quickly it updates satellite data. Also look at 3rd world countries and not important places and let me know
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Unless you actually want to find your destination. Either you use Waze or you're lost.
It works perfectly for me. And who do you think Waze belongs to?
 
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hanser

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In Germany Apple Maps is also far ahead in resolution and actuality. Where I come from I could determine that the picture is from spring 2014, since I could see the fresh grave, covered with flowers, of somebody I knew... Google maps pictures are low rez, washed out and outdated by comparison. Lets see if it improves now.
 
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djcerla

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Dumb argument when you think it through.
Apple Mapps was launched a few years ago, so the material might be more recent than Google's dont you think?

If you wanna stand for AM then prove how quickly it updates satellite data. Also look at 3rd world countries and not important places and let me know
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It works perfectly for me. And who do you think Waze belongs to?

It's not an argument, it's a fact.
 
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