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Google says Google Earth is getting its biggest update since 2017

Frederic Lardinois
·1-min read

Google Earth now features a time-lapse mode that brings together 24 million satellite photos from the last 37 years. And... that's it. Google says it's the biggest update to Google Earth -- a product you've likely forgotten even existed -- since its redesign in 2017.

To be fair, Google Earth hasn't gotten any major new features updates since then. So by default, I guess this qualifies as the biggest update to Earth in a while. It's worth noting, though, that Google Earth time lapses launched a few years ago already, but on a dedicated site and only in 2D. Now it's in 3D. Exciting stuff -- for five minutes (or really depressing, if you look at the Earth's glaciers and rain forests).