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Google Earth’s premium features are now free for everyone

Published Jan 30th, 2015 7:30PM EST
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Google Earth probably isn’t your go-to Google app on a day-to-day basis, but it’s a fun tool to mess with when you want to explore a foreign country or take a virtual road trip across the Midwest. What you might not know is that Google has maintained a premium version of the app called Google Earth Pro for years, but as of today, the paid features are now free for everyone.

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“Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops,” writes Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager of Google Earth Pro.

“Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.”

In order to get your hands on Earth Pro, you’ll need to get a free key from this link first and then head over to Google’s official download page for the app. If you’re already a Pro user, you won’t have to change anything.

You probably won’t find much use for the upgraded Google Earth if you aren’t a planner or developer, but filming HD movies does sound like a fun distraction.

Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.