To see it, you must first enable the clouds layer, and then zoom in to a location where it’s raining or snowing. Google Earth displays rain and snow only in certain parts of North America and Europe; to see where exactly the new feature is available, enable the radar layer.
The weather simulation adds another layer of coolness to the already mesmerizing Google Earth application. Since it displays rain and snow in real time, the feature can actually be useful as a precise visualization of what weather is like in a certain place. It may, however, render all of those weather-related chats you have with friends and relatives over the phone even more meaningless.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on when this feature might be enabled in other parts of the world.
To a person with poor eyesight, Yahoo, Bing, and just about every other organization trying to compete in the mobile search market might as well not exist. New stats indicate that Google has an overwhelming lead, allowing it to dwarf competitors by comparison.
The graph below, which was constructed by Pingdom’s bloggers using data from StatCounter, pretty much speaks for itself. The bars corresponding to the mobile market shares of “Yahoo,” “Bing,” and “Other” just peek above the x-axis, and would be almost impossible to discern if not for the orange-on-black color scheme.
A post on the Royal Pingdom blog concluded, “If Google firmly believes that mobile is the future (which is the opinion of CEO Eric Schmidt), they are making all the right moves.”
Indeed, according to StatCounter’s records, “One year ago, [Google's] share of the mobile search market was 95.58%. That’s significantly less than today’s 98.29%. Who knows, in a few months, perhaps they will pass 99%. At this point this actually seems plausible.”
But it should also be interesting to see if the launch of the Windows 7 Phone mobile operating system is able to in any way affect Google’s dominance. Bing is supposed to be the sole default search option, after all.
Microsoft – and maybe every other company trying to compete in this field – can hope, at least.