Google Earth’s aim is to provide an experience rather than a utility and doesn’t provide much geographical information about places and streets.

Google Maps, on the other hand, is designed to cater for more practical, day-to-day needs.

Released way back in 2001, Google Earth allows users to take a virtual tour of all four corners of the earth

The service uses a rendered 3D representation of the globe from satellite imagery and aerial photography.

Google Earth is the older of the pair and was originally created by a CIA-funded company called Keyhole Inc in the 1990s.

One of its coolest features is the 3D models of iconic cities, including photorealistic versions of London and New York.

Google Ocean was then released in 2009, which allows users to zoom below the surface of the ocean from the comfort of their homes.

And Google Earth even lets you explore celestial bodies including Mars, the moon and other objects in the solar system.

The latest update allows users to navigate the globe in virtual reality using Oculus Rift technology.

A popular function is the I’m Feeling Lucky button – a simple click of a button immediately whisks you to a random location in the world.

Google Maps, however, has an entirely different different function altogether.

Launched in 2005, Google Maps was also initially designed and released by another company.

The mapping service is famed for its real-time features including turn-by-turn navigation, traffic information and public transport schedules.

The app can also help suggest nearby places of interest, including shops and restaurants by using GPS data.

The helpful Google Latitude lets you share your location, allowing friends to keep tabs on each others movements.

Indoor maps were added in 2011, giving users the ability to navigate themselves within buildings such as airports, museums, shopping centres.

Certain restrictions have been placed on the app, particularly the censoring of areas deemed potential security threats and China, which has strict restrictions on geographic data.

Google’s greatest competitor is Apple Maps, which was released in 2012.

Although Apple Maps initially received a barrage of criticism for incorrect directions and various other bugs and errors, it quickly caught up with its rival.

Daily Express :: Tech Feed

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