You can use Google Earth to check out any part of the world without having to leave your couch. The satellite imagery has been considerably improved over the past few years but now Google Earth is providing users a completely different way of exploring the world. It has integrated crowdsourced photos to let users explore the world through someone else’s lens.
Starting today, Google Earth users can explore a global map of crowdsourced photos. Accessing this feature is simple enough. Just launch the Google Earth app on iOS or Android. It’s also available on Google Earth in your Chrome browser on desktop.
Just open the main menu and turn on the Photos toggle. As you zoom in on a particular location, the map will automatically be populated with relevant photos from that location. Click on any thumbnail to see the fullscreen version of the photo. You can then flip through related photos.
Google is using machine learning to power this experience. The photos are pulled from the millions that have already been shared in Google Maps by Local Guides and other contributors.
The new Photos layer provides users with an opportunity to look at far off places up close. New photos are added every day so users have a good reason to return and check out all of the photos that were added since the last time they checked in.