Google has transformed its Maps app to make the service more accurate than before. The latest update of Google Maps presents the Earth as a globe when zoomed out. Earlier, users were to see the planet as a flat surface instead of a 3D round object.
Google’s new move is part of the company’s efforts to bring more-accurate representations of the world to its users. The search giant highlighted the change on its Google Maps Twitter feed, saying that with the new 3D Globe Mode, “Greenland’s projection is no longer the size of Africa.”
Technically speaking, Google Maps has been using Mercator projection technique up till now that is meant to project the Earth onto a flat surface. Although, the style presents a distorted image of the planet but it is said to be an easy option to print any location with accurate details. However, objects around the equator are to scale relative to one another, while objects closer to the poles appear larger than they really are.
A good example of this is the relative sizes of Greenland and Africa. On a Mercator map, Greenland appears larger than Africa, when in reality, Africa is 14 times larger. But, now Google’s effort to show the earth as a 3D globe will solve this problem.
On the other hand, the Mercator projection is still a useful option not only to retain the exact shapes of depicted countries but the actual angles found point-to-point in real life. That’s kind of a big deal, especially when all explorers had while exploring the seas in the early days was a compass.
Only Desktop Users?
Unfortunately, the fresh update only seems to be available for desktop users with no clear indication of rolling out the same for mobile users. However, the update carries all the fun.
Desktop users try it out from here.