Google Earth 6 just launched with amazingly new integration with Streetview. The Streetview integration is now massive and not hidden away in a layer anymore but a main part of Google Earth.
The little yellow man is also standing tall in Google Earth 6 showing you the blue lines where Streetview is available.
Google Earth 6 is still in Beta but Google usually put things in beta for some time before actually launching the final versions.
The most amazing part we saw was the trees, they look absolutely amazing. The Streetview integration come second and puts the Google Earth experience on a whole new level.
Update on Streetview: Usually when zooming in from space you would stop above ground, for instance above the building. Now with Google Earth 6 you can zoom right into Streetview and give it a more realistic flight experience.
Pegman is also now docked on the side of the navigation controls, wherever you see blue lines you can drag the pegman onto it and instantly view the ground view. As Google pointed out: you can now move seamlessly from one location to another as if you’re walking down the street by using the scroll-wheel on your mouse or the arrow keys on your keyboard. If you want to visit somewhere farther away, simply click the “exit” button and you’ll immediately return to an aerial view where you can easily fly to your next destination.
The historical imagery was also a big part of the new Google Earth 5 but now the historical imagery is at a more viewable place, easier to quickly find and use.
Update on Historical view: Google said the following about the update on the historical imagery:
So with this new version, we’ve made it very easy to discover historical imagery. When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click on this date, you’ll instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time period. You can then browse through all the historical imagery available for that location, or simply close the time control and return to the default view.