Google is making preparations to announce a major new update for its Google
Earth service. The company has sent out press invites to attend a media event on April 18, where the company will reveal what it says will be the “New Google Earth.”
The news was first reported by The Next Web, who noted that the invite did not offer any more details or hints about what the new Google Earth will be like. It did mention that the event is being held just four days before the annual Earth Day celebrations on April 22.
As for what this new experience will look like, Google isn’t providing any hints. Still, I’m guessing it will be a major redesign of the software given Google is devoting a whole event to it.
Earth has traditionally been the more powerful alternative to Google Maps, allowing you to do things like use a flight simulator or view the effects of global warming over time, so expect some cool new features to give you a reason to download it over Maps. I wouldn’t be surprised to see additional VR news too, following Google Earth VR‘s announcement in November.
We’ll find out more next week. What do you think it’ll be?