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February 22, 2015

Google Maps and Google Earth: What’s the difference?

by John_A

Google has two distinctly different apps — Maps and Earth — that can handle similar tasks but are used in very different ways.

Google Maps

Whereas on the desktop you can quickly switch between the informative Maps interface and detailed full-blown satellite Earth view, the experience is a bit choppier when you’re juggling Maps and Earth apps on Android. Google Maps contains all of the navigation, lightweight mapping power and points of interest with just a small hint of satellite imagery, while Google Earth has complete 3D satellite data and just a small subset of information on places, without any point-to-point navigation. In the end there are pretty clear roles for when to use each one — let us explain.

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