Google Earth now works on browsers other than Chrome – ABOUT MAG 2020


See your home from space, even if you’re not a Chrome user.

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Google is sharing the planet with other browsers, literally. The search giant’s aerial mapping service is now available on browsers other than your own. chrome.

Google Earth can be accessed through Firefox, Opera and Edge browsers, according to a blog post Thursday from the Google Earth team. This official release comes after a six-month public beta. There are plans to support Apple’s Safari browser, but there are no details on when this will happen.

Google Earth software engineer Jessi Beck and technology manager Jordon Mears, who wrote the blog post together, said Google Earth for the Web was built using Native Client, which only worked on Chrome. They credited WebAssembly, an open standard in multiple browsers to run software, allowing Google Earth to work in other browsers.

Google Earth was launched in 2005. It required a desktop application or browser plug-in by web version was launched in 2017.

Paula Fonseca