Google Earth Now Works on Non-Chrome Browsers

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Web browsers with 4 Comments

Google is bringing Google Earth to more browsers this week. Google Earth has so far only worked on Google’s Chrome browser, limiting users of other browsers like Microsoft Edge, Firefox, etc.

The limitation was imposed by some technical decisions made by Google in terms of how the Google Earth platform is built. Google Earth is actually written in C++, using Chrome’s Native Client (NaCI) which is only available on Chrome.

That prevented Google from easily enabling support for Earth on other browsers, due to the lack of the Native Client. That is finally changing now, though, as Google is making the move to WebAssembly–the standard for bringing native code to the web–enabling support for other browsers like Edge, Firefox, and Opera.

Google has been testing support for non-Chrome browsers for six months as part of a public beta, and it’s now available for everyone.

Google says the company still has some work to do, and it plans to enable support for Safari in the future, as well as improving the experience across all these new browsers.

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Google Earth Now Works on Non-Chrome Browsers”

  1. IanYates82

    Neat. The NaCL component in Chrome is being deprecated, right? So this move makes sense. I'm loading it in Edge Dev now. Seems to be loading just fine

  2. dallasnorth40

    I've been using Google Earth on CrEdge for some time.

  3. mikes_infl

    Well, now I definitely feel like I've been out of touch. I never even knew you could use Google Earth in Chrome, I've always just used the Windows application. Time for more fooling around - I mean experimenting - with Google Earth.

  4. r2d22

    they took so much time to disable a flag, google earth could work on competitors browser since the begin, but what can you expect from a company that spread false bad advertising when you browse their web services with a competitor browser