Google acquired Where 2 Technologies in 2005, who were working on a desktop mapping application, and developed it into the Google Maps we know today. On the other-hand, Google Earth previously had the name of Earth Viewer 3D, which was created by Keyhole, Inc., which was a company funded by the CIA. This had been purchased by Google in the year of 2004. While both of them seem similar initially, there are some differences that need to be taken into consideration.
Google Maps is more close to you
Google Maps is quite known for its ability to provide you with detailed information regarding your position and your destination. It provides the real-time status of the traffic, it’s has turn-by-turn navigational capabilities, it can provide you with schedules for trains. All of these are based on your location.
Google Maps and sharing location
Recently, users of Google Maps can now share their location by using their devices. Knowing this, friends will be able to track your movements with the use of Google Maps. You will also be able to see your location history. This helps provide insight on your day to day activities and the areas you’ve been in.
Go outside of Earth with Google Maps
Not limited to just Earth, Google Maps will allow you to explore the surface of Mars and the Moon. Images are not overly detailed, but you get a good idea as to how the surface is.
Google Earth and Exploration
Google Earth is focused more on the experience, rather than utility. The latest additions to Google Earth are the so called Knowledge Cards that offers you neat information regarding various interesting locations.
Recently, Google Earth has received the Voyager feature that lets you pick certain locations to visually explore. This experience takes the shape of a story that makes use of the map. It’s quite a nice feature in its own right, and Google Earth deserves to be downloaded to just for that reason only.