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The images in Google Earth (and Google Maps) are updated on a continuous basis. It's hard to say exactly when an area will be updated because some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old in high resolution areas, low resolution imagery in some areas may be older. When high-res or newer imagery is not available, the base map used in Google Earth is a circa 2000 TerraMetrics/NASA 15 meter resolution base imagery.

It takes months of post processing new imagery before they go online so bulk updates usually happen about every 2-3 weeks. Google Earth and Google Maps share the same backend satellite image database and are updated together.

Why are newer images sometimes found in Historical Imagery?

Newer imagery is sometimes available in 'Historical Imagery', which can be enabled from the View menu option in Google Earth. Sometimes older images are actually of better quality than new images (i.e. there might be a huge cloud over a certain area which encourages using the older, clearer image). This feature is not available in Google Maps.

Where was Google Earth imagery last updated?

If you want to see where Google Earth (and Google Maps) imagery was last updated either check out the Google Earth Blog for update announcements or simply click on the 'Google Earth Imagery Updates' link below to see the highlighted areas on the globe.

When will my area be updated?

Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.

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Google Maps uses the same satellite data as Google Earth and updated together usually once or twice a month.

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Both Google Earth and Google Maps are updated with bulk updates usually once or twice every month but NOT every area is updated on each update.

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Google Maps uses the same satellite data as Google Earth and updated together with bulk updates usually once or twice every month but NOT every area is updated on each update.

It's hard to say exactly when a given area will be updated because Google does not provide advance notice and some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old, you may occasionally see an older image. Urban centers and large cities tend to get updated more frequently than scarcely populated areas largely due to the fact that revenue of ads for businesses in those areas which ultimately pays for the service.

Google announces which areas where updated on several blogs. Google also provides a KML file (see below) for Google Earth showing which regions were updated in each update.

Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.

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Google Maps uses the same satellite data as Google Earth and are updated together usually once or twice a month. But realize that some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available).

Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.

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Street view photos are updated on a continuous basis, but there is a trade-off between adding new cities and keeping the existing street view imagery current. More new cities are added every month in addition to existing imagery being updated, but it may be several years until a given city is updated.

See related links for more details including a list of cities by country where Google's fleet of Street View cars are currently driving.

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The images in Google Maps (and Google Earth) are updated on a continuous basis. The update cycle is typically twice a month, but only a handful of areas are updated at a given time. Updates are made when new imagery is available from a variety of sources.

It's hard to say exactly when an area will be updated because some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old in high resolution areas, low resolution imagery in some areas may be older.

Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.

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Not as often as everyone would like.

New photos are added on ongoing basis but goal is to include more and more cities than keep any given city's photos current. More cities and countries are added every couple of months.

In June 2011 Google made the largest update to Street View imagery to-date which updated/added to 13 countries that already had some degree of Street View imagery, including Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

For details of recent updates and additions see related links below.

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Satellite and aerial imagery

Satellite and aerial imagery are being collected and processed continuously but it takes months of post processing before new imagery is available online in Google Earth and Google Maps, which is main reason why you usually do not find any imagery younger than about 6 months from Google and why bulk updates only happen about once every 2-3 weeks..

A lot of the imagery comes from aerial photographers mostly in airplanes with special high resolution cameras. Some of the imagery even comes from kites and balloons. Google acquires imagery from a variety of providers.

Newer imagery is sometimes available in 'Historical Imagery', which can be enabled from the View menu. So for example, the "default" imagery in a given area could be from 2008 while 2010 imagery is available under 'Historical Imagery'. Google tries to make available the "best" imagery, which may not be the latest.

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Street view photos are updated on ongoing basis but plan is to include more and more cities than keep any given city's photos current. More cities are added every day.

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It looks like most of the Sitemaps updating is supposed to be done by the user him/herself. They recommend every two days. I think they may do it themselves once every 30 days.

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How often does Google update Street View in the countryside?

Street view photos are updated on an ongoing basis but general plan is to include more and more cities than keep any given city's photos current. More cities are added every day. Check out related link to see where the cars are currently driving and pick the county to see the list for that country.


What type of camera is used to make Google Street View?

The Dodeca 2360 camera is the camera Google Street View uses.


How do you get to street view on Bing maps?

by google map or google earth


When will Google earth Street View be available in Puerto Rico?

Google usually never gives out its schedule when a given country will be added to Street View until its well underway. Google Street View was recently introduced to a number of Latin American countries -- see related links below.


Why did street view disappear with Google Earth 6?

Here is one of Google's announcements of ending Street View support for Google Earth versions 5.x and older. "With the most recent update to Google Earth (6.2), we are also finalizing our transition to a new method of delivering Street View imagery in Google Earth. This means, that the older versions of Google Earth (anything before 6.0) will no longer be able to access Street View. We held off making this change until now, when the vast majority of Google Earth users are on 6.0 (or later)." -- Google Jan 2012. Basically, Google decided to improve the Street View interfaces which would be implemented in the current versions of Google Earth for desktop and mobile platforms rather than keep supporting the older (less efficient) method of accessing Street View.

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When does Google update street view?

Street view photos are updated on a continuous basis, but there is a tradeoff between adding new cities and keeping the existing street view imagery current. More new cities are added every day in addition to existing imagery being updated, but it may be several years until a given city is updated. See related links for more details including list of cities by country where Google's fleet of Street View cars are currently driving.


When does Google Maps update Street View?

Street view photos are updated on a continuous basis, but there is a tradeoff between adding new cities and keeping the existing street view imagery current. More new cities are added every day in addition to existing imagery being updated, but it may be several years until a given city is updated. See related links for more details including list of cities by country where Google's fleet of Street View cars are currently driving.


When are the Google street view pictures taken?

Google provides a public list showing where Steet view is available and where its vehicles are currently driving. Google never gives out long-term schedules when areas will be updated.


How often is Earth Google updated?

New Google Earth satellite imagery is added approximately every 2 weeks or a twice a month. Street View imagery is updated on its own schedule. The same imagery that is added for Google Earth is available to Google Maps as well.


When was Google Street View in Canada created?

Google Street View in Canada was created in 2009.


When was Google Street View created?

Google Street View was created on 2007-05-25.


Who invented Street View?

Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth launched in 2007.


Are you in a picture on Google Street View?

Were you in one? Google Street View is still working in Germany but after winter I'm gonna show the peace sign to Google street view car!


Who pays for Google Street View?

google


How often does Google update Street View in the countryside?

Street view photos are updated on an ongoing basis but general plan is to include more and more cities than keep any given city's photos current. More cities are added every day. Check out related link to see where the cars are currently driving and pick the county to see the list for that country.


Why isn't Google Earth Street View in every town in the US?

Google Earth may need to be updated. street view photos are obtained by means of vans with big cameras on top. some areas do not allow access of these vehicles, while others are just not reached through other reasons.


When was Google Street View made?

Street View was launched in May 2007.