What are the differences between Google Earth, Google Street View and Google Maps?

Google Earth, Google Street View and Google Maps are three different services, offering three different technologies for viewing the world. The three services are somewhat integrated, depending on the platform. I have access through Windows 10 and iOS 10/11, but not through Android and not through a Mac computer.

Google maps is meant for navigation and has simple maps of most locations so as to provide you with help when in search of some place. Google earth is like for exploring the world. You could zoom in a lot and maybe find your own home as well. It is used generally to see the physical features and their location.

Google Street view is used for having a 360 degree view of a specific place you can move forward, backward and side ways. It provides you with a good experience of the place and you could use it if you are planning to visit a place.

Differences between Google Earth, Google Street View and Google Maps

What are the differences between Google Earth, Google Street View and Google Maps?

1. The Google Maps mobile app for iOS shows both map and satellite layers, but does not include Street View navigation. However, Street View URL links will open in the Google Maps mobile app, so at least part of the functionality is there without the Street View interface.

2. Google Earth on a Windows PC includes Street View but not a maps view. The 3D is more navigable than with Google Maps. Google Earth for desktop provides an abundance of Geographical Information System (GIS) layers that superimpose visualized data on the composited satellite view of the earth. Users are able to add data of their own for personal viewing, and to create exportable files of data that others can open on their own computers, but they cannot publish layers to the Google database. Google has adopted some layers created by 3rd parties, however. Here is an example of a data layer I created showing Lake Tahoe bathymetry. Only the people to whom I send this file can view it in Google Earth, although I’d publish it as a public layer if there were a way.

3. The Google Earth app for iOS 11 on an iPad Pro is the prettiest thing I’ve seen on that screen, with splendid navigation by touch gestures and a better implementation of Street View than any other platform. However, the data layers in the mobile Google Earth app are clumped rather than discrete, and it cannot open user generated files, so it is not a GIS tool like the desktop Google Earth.

4. Google Street View has a mobile app all to itself, for iOS and Android. It does not show map or satellite views, only photospheres. It can upload user generated photospheres from the mobile device to Google Maps and Google Earth, which will show up on those platforms as blue dots that can be clicked to open in Street View format.

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