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Minor Update to Google Earth View Chrome Tab Extension Now Rolling Out

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A minor update to Google’s stunning Earth View add-on for Chrome is now rolling out on the Web Store.

The extension, which was launched last month, transforms every new tab with breathtaking aerial backdrops pulled from Google Maps’ vast database. The location of the shot on show is displayed in the corner.

Version 1.6.5 of “Earth View from Google Maps” (to credit it in full) makes some minor improvements.

On mouse over, you’ll find a new link to open the ‘Default New Tab’  page in the top left-hand corner (replacing the ‘Apps’ link in the previous release) and a new share icon in the upper-right that unfolds social network sharing links when clicked.

Minor Issues

My first assumption when seeing the social sharing features was one of enthusiasm. “Sounds like a great way to share awesome images Google Maps throws my way,” I thought.

Wrong.

Rather than sharing information on and/or a link to the location of the image you’re viewing, you’ll instead be sending a promotional blurb suggesting that your followers and friends “Try the Earth View Chrome Extension” for themselves.

Hmm. 

Still lacking is support for accessing the Bookmarks Toolbar when set to only show on NTP, and though marginally improved in this update memory usage continues to snowball each time a new tab is opened — upwards of 350MB — and continues to sit on it until the browser is closed and reopened.

Update at a glance: 

  • Social links to share the extension on Facebook, Twitter, Google+
  • “Apps” link replaced by shortcut to “default new tab page”
  • Some small performance improvements

Install Earth View for Chrome

Earth View is a free extension and works just dandy on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.

Earth View on Chrome Web Store

  • Inquizitor

    If anything, a step backward in my opinion. I always hated the current NTP, with its useless Google bar and eight random “most visited” sites. I preferred a direct link to my Chrome apps, thought it did feel redundant when I already have the app launcher.

    • rslh

      Have you tried the Embark extension? It acts in a similar way compared to the Earth View extension, albeit it takes away the “OK Google” voice activation, but the images are simply gorgeous to behold.

      • Frederic MANSON

        I have it installed as my NTP. Images are very excellent. I just need access to put more in the images repertory, an option to place the date field in the place I want + a better AA on this field, and finally, the weather news of my place. That’s all!! Anyway, it’s a very memory light extension.

  • Guest

    Looks nice (: