jpschroeder jpschroeder - 1 day ago 5
Javascript Question

Google maps JavaScript API doesn't use latest imagery

The current version of the Google maps JS Api uses different satellite imagery than google maps itself. I couldn't find any documentation related to this discrepancy, and would love to know if there is a way to force the api to use the actual most up to date imagery (which it claims to do by default).

// Example:


Here's an example of the JS API not matching up with Google maps

Conclusion:
The google earth and google maps "satellite" imagery are different. The google earth imagery is newer, and most modern browsers now show the google earth imagery on the https://maps.google.com which is why there is a notable discrepancy.

Answer

As far as i know, you have access to the same tiles. Technically, they could censor your tiles or perform transformations. But i'm not sure i have ever encountered those discrepancies you are mentioning.

Both your links show the exact same satellite view (HYBRID or SATELLITE).

On a side not, Google Earth uses different tiles and projections.

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