Google Earth Now Works in Firefox, Edge, and Opera Browsers, Safari Support Coming Later

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Google has announced that Google Earth can now be accessed in browsers other than Chrome. From today, the new version of the interactive mapping app on the web fully supports Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers.

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Earth launched on the web in 2017, but there wasn't an open web standard available at the time that could support its advanced features, so it exclusively relied on Google's Chrome-only Native Client (NaCl) technology.

The new support for other browsers was made possible by moving Google Earth for Chrome onto WebAssembly (Wasm), which Google has helped develop for the last three years. It's now the leading W3C open web standard for bringing native code to the web.

Google still aims to bring Earth to Apple's Safari browser, but admitted in its blog post that "we still have some work to do" before it can make that happen.

Google said last year that Earth would support Safari once Apple adds "better support for WebGL2" in the browser. That's still in development, according to WebKit's online Feature Status report.

In the meantime, iPhone and iPad users can check out the dedicated Google Earth iOS app, which lets you explore world from above with satellite imagery, 3D terrain of the entire globe, and 3D buildings in hundreds of cities around the world.

Top Rated Comments

Puppuccino Avatar
10 months ago
The Earth is flat and Google Earth proves my point. If it was round, how would it fit in my monitor screen?

I am joking.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jarman74 Avatar
10 months ago

I... did not know there was a web version of Google Earth.

Actually there's another one too - Google Earth Studio ('https://www.google.com/earth/studio/'). It lets you leverage the Google Earth imagery to create still and animated content.

However my favorite version is still Google Earth VR. I've spent hours flying over dozens of cities and it's one of the easiest ways to show people what VR is all about.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eorlas Avatar
10 months ago


There is a better earth available than where I live!?

yes. it has 120hz promotion orbiting, better display so its oceans look blue-r, etc.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orbital~debris Avatar
10 months ago


I... did not know there was a web version of Google Earth. I’d always used the iOS app (hmm, and I recalll there was being a macOS app version way back that I used).

There still is a macOS app - it’s now named Google Earth Pro.

https://www.google.com/earth/versions/#download-pro
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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