Google Earth in the browser is fast, but ugly
Google today sped ahead in the web search domain once again with the release of the Google Earth API. Yes, the recent improvements to Live Maps were impressive, but today the search giant has put Google Earth into the browser. Microsoft made this move first, completely disregarding Google’s client release of Google Earth, with its Virtual Earth API and browser plug-in. Google’s Windows-only release today seems to focus on 3D, and speed. The performance is noticeably superior to Microsoft’s, but there are still obvious kinks that need to be worked out.
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