Google has made its Earth service available for the first time in browsers other than Chrome. That is possible because Google Earth now uses WebAssembly instead of NaCl, says the search giant.
Google Earth now works in Firefox, Opera and Edge, says the internet company . Apple’s support for Safari should follow later. The lack of it is due to the lack of support for WebGL2 in the Safari browser.
Earth was a native app for Windows, Mac and Linux until 2017 , but three years ago Google stopped supporting it and switched to the web version in NaCl, which only works in Chrome. Since then, according to Google , WebAssembly has become mature enough as a web standard to be used for Google Earth. Google Earth still shows that it is an ‘experimental version’ when used in one of the newly supported browsers.