The Google Earth API will live on, temporarily, past its December 12 shutdown date

Andy Boxall

In app-technology-blog, news

December 11, 2015

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The Google Earth API is a long running Google API, but at the end of 2014, the company announced it would retire it on December 12 2015, due to Chrome and Firefox removing NPAPI plugin support for security reasons. However, according to Google Earth Blog, the closure has been postponed.

Although the information hasn’t been shared by Google itself, the blog says the news comes directly from the Google Earth team. The API will apparently remain up and running past the December 12 termination date, and is expected to run until the end of the year at least. However, there’s no news on when the service will now stop.

The Google Earth API will live on past its December 12 closure date

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Google kept the API running for a year after it announced the closure in accordance with its deprecation policy. The API controls Google Earth in the browser, which can then be controlled by JavaScript, to show 3D maps. The API doesn’t affect the dedicated desktop and mobile applications.

Due to the lack of official Google word on the subject, this is likely to be a temporary reprieve, and the API should still be considered on borrowed time.