Google Maps, Earth refreshed with more high-res images worldwide

Summary:Google Maps and Google Earth are now offering an even more comprehensive glance at major landmarks worldwide with more and better aerial images.

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If you're looking for a bit of an escape on a Friday afternoon, you can probably get away with it thanks to some more updates to Google Maps and Earth.

Google announced today that it rolling out an "extensive refresh" for its high-resolution aerial and satellite images, which are viewable on both Google Maps and Google Earth.

The aerial collection will be updated in more than 20 locations across the United States and Europe while satellite imagery is being boosted in over 60 regions worldwide.

Furthermore, the image collection is going to include new 45 degree imagery in Google Maps across more 30 new cities in the United States, France and Spain.

The detail in these images is actually quite remarkable. Over on the official Google Maps blog, Google geo data strategist Eric Kolb pointed out a few examples of major landmarks ranging from baseball stadiums to religious centers, highlighting just how more comprehensive and accurate Maps and Earth are becoming.

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A full list of the locations where the satellite and aerial images have been updated is available online on the Google Maps blog now.

Images via The Official Google Maps blog

Topics: Google, Apps, Mobility

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