Chrome is no longer required to use Google Earth

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Google finally no longer restricts the operation of its mapping service Google Earth only to its own browser – Chrome. This was reported by the developers of the service.

After discontinuing support for a separate Google Earth application several years ago, the service could only be used for a long time in the Chrome browser.

This is because the web version of Google Earth was created using Google’s Native Client sandbox. It allows you to safely run in your browser any written in C and C ++ and compiled code, but is not compatible with third-party browsers.

For the past three years, Google has been involved in developing a universal standard for launching applications in a browser – WebAssembly, and now finally made Google Earth code compatible with it.

The service now works fine not only in Chrome, but also in Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Opera.

The exception was the Safari browser developed by Apple. Google says that Google Earth will work in it as soon as Apple improves its support for the WebGL2 standard.


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