The update introduces 3D maps for select locations so you can whizz through them and enjoy oodles more detail than with traditional satellite imagery. Start with the majestic Grand Canyon, and the beautiful Château de Chambord manor house in France.
There’s also a new Voyager section that lets you take interactive guided tours of interesting places replete with rich media, including 360-degree video and Street View imagery.
You can dive into one called National Treasures to learn about various wildlife habitats around the globe, along with the good folks at BBC Earth; there’s also one for fans of Mayan culture that begins in Mexico with Lola, from Sesame Street’s Girl Muppets Around the World.
There are already more than 50 Voyager stories to choose from at present, and more are slated to be added each week. Plus, if you’re using the Android app and a particular spot catches your fancy, you can send a digital postcard of it to your contacts.
About 20,000 points of interest around the map now have Knowledge Cards loaded with history and facts about the place you’re looking at; you can also find related places by flipping through them.