Earlier, the Maps app display was based on Mercator projection.
Google Maps is on a spree of adding new features to its platform. In a bid to make Maps more interesting, Google has transformed the flat surface of the earth as a 3D globe. To experience the new update, you need to zoom out of the default view, which generally locks on to the user’s location. The new 3D Globe Mode view of the map will help the users’ to display the map more accurately.
The tech giant notified about the new update on their official twitter handle, “With 3D Globe Mode on Google Maps desktop, Greenland's projection is no longer the size of Africa. Just zoom all the way out at http://google.com/maps.”
As of now, Google has introduced this change on the desktop interface; on the mobile app, it is still the same. The 3D Globe Mode update may soon land in the mobile app as well because the Google Maps are extensively used app on the mobile devices, and the company will not want to disappoint its users.'
The design on which the flat surface of the Maps is based is known as the Mercator projection, which perfectly suits the printout format and with time, it has become a more standardized practice. With the new update, some users’ may find it a little bit ambiguous to adapt to the new outlook.
When the Mercator projection was first released in 2009, the Google highlighted its usage to preserve angles of roads and stated in a press release, “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.”
To make its platform more region specific, Google is all set to release India-specific features on its app. Anal Ghosh, Google Maps for India, Program Manager, said, “Google Maps is not just about navigating from point A to B. We have been building for India, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities, with the sole aim of making Google Maps more comprehensive, accurate and reliable.”
Apart from this, Google has also added another feature in its Maps app, which will include the battery percentage of the user when the real-time location will be shared with the friends or family. This will help the other person to know the exact reason if the user’s mobile gets switched off. The real-time location sharing feature was unveiled early last year.
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