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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Google Amplifies the Elephants

Google recently announced an upgrade to their aerial imagery within Google Maps by stating "you can zoom in even closer to areas all around the globe for a more-detailed view of all of the imagery in our database".

However, it appears that the upgrade is only available in very limited areas. As an example, Google shows "Elephants in Africa ". A brief pan/zoom around this area only shows three minimal tiles with the high level of zoom amplification. I'm not sure if Google is just testing the new imagery in limited capacity for now or if it will truly be available for "all of the imagery" in their database at some point in time.

Either way, the announcement seems a little preliminary. Why not release the 15,000 pound elephants when they are ready to be viewed worldwide?