Google Earth will introduce “Time Machine” functionality to take users back to the past
The desktop version of Google Earth, also known as Google Earth Pro, will likely introduce a full version of the “ time machine ” feature that will allow users to step back several years into the historical past and to check the old satellite images. This feature will also be introduced for the Android version of the app, according to a report from XDA. Currently, Google Earth allows this functionality on applications by enabling “experimental preference”.
The functionality will be an improved version of the current “time-lapse” which allows users to explore images in the past, but is limited to 1984. With a time machine option, Google Earth will be able to transport users quickly over many years. to observe any internationally famous historical event on the maps. On androids, however, to access this feature, you need Edit the feature flags to enable this hidden option.
One developer, known as Kyler, used his official Twitter handle to share some of the screenshots as well as a short video of Google Earth’s time machine function on his smartphone. In the images, we can see the aerial view of San Francisco in the United States as it looked in 1938. In the caption, Kyler wrote that he had activated experimental settings in order to use the winding machine function Google Earth time on his phone. Kyler was able to tap into some historical map data of historic places on Earth several years ago.
Could expect some limitations
One could, unlike time-lapse, go back over 80 years or even more to see what countries looked like in historical times. However, users can expect some limitations when extracting cartography thousands of years ago due to the timeline of the evolution of photography and the fact that drone imagery has been launched much later. However, Google Earth’s Time Machine feature will effectively transport the viewer to the past and flash images to compare the development of the world so far. Google has old images of the locations stored on its server repository, which it currently uses for the time-lapse function.