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New Google Maps Update Displays Earth as a Globe

Google introduced a new update to Google Maps that allows the user to view the Earth will no longer be displayed as a globe when zoom out to the maximum. It’s a change that allows the map to more accurately display the Earth.

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You’d be getting a more realistic feel to the earth’s view as Google’s recent update has switched the otherworldly viewership of the earth from the flat surface view to the globe view.

According to theverge.com, Google introduced a new update to Google Maps that allows the user to view the Earth will no longer be displayed as a globe when zoom out to the maximum. It’s a change that allows the map to more accurately display the Earth.

The search company highlighted the change on its Google MapsTwitter feed, saying that with the new 3D Globe Mode, “Greenland’s projection is no longer the size of Africa.” However, the change is only available on the desktop interface with the flat surface view still the norm for the phone app.

Up until now, Google Maps has used Mercator projection, which projects the planet onto a flat surface. While this style makes it easy to print onto maps and has largely become standardized, it presents a distorted image of the Earth. Objects around the equator are to scale relative to one another, while objects closer to the poles appear larger than they really are.

A Google employee explained in 2009 that the company used a Mercator map because it helped preserve angles of roads: “The first launch of Maps actually did not use Mercator, and streets in high latitude places like Stockholm did not meet at right angles on the map the way they do in reality.”

However, the recent change that accompanied the update is as a result of the company redesigning its Explore section to make it easier to find restaurants, which follows an update earlier this week added one’s battery life status to location sharing.

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