The Google Earth for web tool has been updated to support many other browsers besides Chrome, including Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Opera, but Safari is not included in this list.
The Google Earth team said today’s release was made possible thanks to WebAssugging, which developers use to bring native code to the web. However, the Safari web browser is an exception because it lacks full support for WebGL2 which this software library works to render interactive 2D and 3D graphics in any compatible web browser, without plug-in required.
Google Earth does not work on the Safari browser
Google originally launched a web-based version of Earth in 2017 and abandoned the desktop version ever since. However, Google Earth is only available on Chrome since it debuted with Native Client (NaCl) technology only for Chrome. Over the past 5 years, Google has contributed to web standards like WebAssugging to bring Earth to as many browsers as possible.
Regarding the Earth’s Chrome-only availability over the past 3 years, the Google Earth development team explained in a blog post: “This is because it was built using Native Client (NaCI). ) – is a Chrome-specific solution. Prior to that, this was the only way we could guarantee that Earth would work well on the web. Many things have changed since that time and WebAssugging has emerged as is the leading open standard, with extended support for many web browsers over the past few years. “
The team also said it will continue to work to enhance the user experience on all these browsers and add support for Safari in the future.