The Google Earth globe is made from a mosaic of satellite and aerial photographs taken on different dates and under different lighting and weather conditions.
Google is introducing a new way of rendering imagery that smoothes out this quilt of images. The end result is a new Earth-viewing experience that preserves the textures of the world's geographic landscapes?without the quilt effect. This change is being made on both mobile and desktop versions of Google Earth.
Updates to the search feature in Google Earth include a more streamled visual design of the search panel along with the same Autocomplete feature that's available on Google Maps. Google has also introduced search layers, which will show all the relevant search results (not just the top ten). Finally, Google added biking, transit and walking directions, so if you're itching for a change of scenery or looking for a new route for your regular commute, you can now use Google Earth to generate and visualize all your options.