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Google Earth Mapping Tool Surpasses One Billion Downloads

Google has announced that its Google Earth software has surpassed one billion downloads.

The tool, which achieved the download milestone six years after its launch, is a virtual atlas that allows users to fly to any location on Earth and use it for mapping, educational or recreational purposes.

Emphasising on how huge one billion is, Google blogged (opens in new tab) that one billion hours ago man was living in the stone age and one billion minutes ago the Roman empire was at its peak.

“Today, we’ve reached our own one billion mark: Google Earth has been downloaded more than one billion times since it was first introduced in 2005. That’s more than one billion downloads of the Google Earth desktop client, mobile apps and the Google Earth plug-in—all enabling you to to explore the world in seconds, from Earth to Mars to the ocean floor,” Google stated.

The one billion download mark for Google Earth includes downloads for Google Earth desktop client, mobile apps and the Google Earth plug-in. Google Earth is based on software developed by Keyhole, which was later acquired by Google in 2004.

The company has also launched a new website (opens in new tab) called One World Many Stories, to allow people to share their experiences with Google Earth.