No Need To Pay For Google Earth Pro, It’s Free Now
I bet you have tried to use Google Earth once out of curiosity of knowing how it looks like from satellite. Until now, Google has been charging $399 a year for providing all Google Earth features through Pro, but now it has decided to make Google Earth Pro available for free.
The application is now available for everyone. If you are interested in downloading and using it, all you have to do is sign up a license, for free of course, and give permission to Google to run a system check to ensure that your system is optimized for smooth usability experience. So there is not any catch, neither there are any hidden costs.
Despite of providing a system check run, Google has told that minimum requirements for the application are 512MB of RAM, and 500MB of storage. For Windows users, at least Windows XP is required, and OSX 10.6 or higher is needed for Mac.
This decision by Google is quite amazing. Giving away awesome features that once required $399 per year would help hobbyists and students in gathering useful information. These features include ability to measure 3D buildings and geographical locations, view traffic and demographic specifics and print high resolution screenshots.
In addition to these features, Google will allow the registered users to create content as well. Would it satisfy Google’s need for big data? The answer lies in how people would use it. The students could gather facts about 3D buildings, or record HD videos of virtual flights around the world on Google’s platform. In turn, Google could monitor students’ interests and based on that data, it could be able to provide targeted ads.
Google Earth Pro’s Product Manager Stafford Marquardt told that people from different domains of life, like science and academia, have been using Google Earth for many purposes. While some have used it to place solar panels on rooftop, others have used it to plan hikes.
Google Earth is an incredible software but the pay-to-use model was not working quite well for the search giant. Providing it for free not only makes a great technology available for scientific and research purposes, it also brings some users back to Google, especially those who didn’t think the service was worth $399 a year.
Head over to this link to start using Google Earth Pro for free.