Sometimes older images are actually of better quality than new images (i.e. If you want to see where Google Earth (and Google Maps) imagery was last updated either check out the Google Earth Blog for update announcements or simply click on the '' link below to see the highlighted areas on the globe. Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service.there might be a huge cloud over a certain area which encourages using the older, clearer image). Check out 'The images in Google Earth (and Google Maps) are updated on a continuous basis.Google Earth and Google Maps share the same backend satellite image database and are updated together.', which can be enabled from the View menu option in Google Earth.

there might be a huge cloud over a certain area which encourages using the older, clearer image).

Google has not updated its imagery updates map since December 17th last year.

It has, nevertheless been pushing out satellite imagery at a fairly rapid pace.

It takes months of post processing new imagery before they go online so bulk updates usually happen about every 2-3 weeks.

Google Earth and Google Maps share the same backend satellite image database and are updated together.

Why are newer images sometimes found in Historical Imagery?Newer imagery is sometimes available in '', which can be enabled from the View menu option in Google Earth.The images in Google Earth (and Google Maps) are updated on a continuous basis.It's hard to say exactly when an area will be updated because some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available).While most images are no more than 3 years old in high resolution areas, low resolution imagery in some areas may be older.When high-res or newer imagery is not available, the base map used in Google Earth is a circa 2000 Terra Metrics/NASA 15 meter resolution base imagery.