Google Earth’s new update adds the ability to share a screenshot on Google+, plus search layers, where users can perform local searches and get directions—much like they can on Google Maps. The alterations to the imagery have been made on both the mobile and desktop versions of Google Earth, although Google said that Google 6.2 includes the best representation of the new feature.
The most significant change, of course, is Google's blending of its global imagery. Google Earth pulls in images from various sources, at various resolutions, so major metropolitan areas and other points of interest are often recorded in higher resolutions than an isolated island in the Pacific Ocean. A Google spokeswoman said the company has streamlined the way in which those images are shown as a user "falls" or zooms in toward the planet.
"We are always working on making Google Earth imagery as seamless as possible," the Google spokeswoman said in an email. "These recent changes will make the map more beautiful by showing a single source of data at high altitudes, significantly reducing patchiness from orbit. You may notice as you zoom in that there will be shifts in imagery as data from different sources transitions in but we aim to minimize this effect through special processing."
Search functionality now features autocomplete, as well as a search layer that will reveal all search results, and not just the top 10 or so. The new release also adds biking, transit and walking directions, according to Google.
Source: PC Magazine