Google announced major imagery update for Google Earth, new tools and innovations in mapping at Google's first Geo Developer Day. Google Earth news announced today includes:
Satellite imagery update: A significant high-resolution imagery update for Google Earth increases the product's index of high-resolution imagery by four times. This makes sub-meter high-resolution imagery available for more than one third of the world's population.
Google SketchUp with textured buildings: Google SketchUp now enables the creation of textured buildings for visualization in Google Earth and the Google 3D Warehouse.
Google Maps API: An update to the Google Maps API enables developers of Google Maps-powered mash-ups, or websites that merge geographic information with Google Maps, to integrate data based on addresses. This ability to geocode addresses using the Google Maps API is the most requested feature from Maps API users.
Google Maps for Enterprise: Google announced fee-based licensing and support for
businesses wanting to embed a Google Maps experience in websites or internal applications. Leveraging the Google Maps API, this product enables businesses to map customer locations, track shipments, manage facilities or view any other data source in a geographic context.