No More Flat Earth Surface On The Google Maps | MobileAppDaily
google

No More Flat Earth Surface On The Google Maps

Earlier, the Maps app display was based on Mercator projection.

https://dk2dyle8k4h9a.cloudfront.net/No More Flat Earth Surface On The Google Maps

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.

You may also like:

Google Clock Adds Spotify, Now Wake Up Listening To Your Favorite Music
Know Which Apps Are Banned From the Google Play Store
Google To Add Personalized Feed In Your Event Info

Vikram Khajuria
Written By
Vikram Khajuria

A typical boy and tech enthusiast, Vikram is totally fascinated by the journey of his day from miseries to joys. Covering the journalism field, he writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better, breath it!!

Top Companies

01.
InMobi
Singapore
02.
Dot Com Infoway
New York, USA
03.
M&C Saatchi Mobile
New York City, USA
04.
Techmagnate
New Delhi, India
05.
Fetch
London, UK
View full report

Latest Articles

google

Google Finally Launches Files Go App For Android Users Worldwide

Akash Singh Chauhan 4 min read  

Google introduced the Files Go app in beta version for the Android users back in November. On Wednesday, the app is coming out of the beta shell and available to all the users with full features. The app is launched by the company to help the users in managing files more efficiently and freeing up s

google

'Gmail Go' App: Google's Latest Addition To Android Go Phones

Neha Baluni 4 min read  

Gmail Go is Google’s latest addition to the series of “Go” apps for Android. As known prominently, these applications have similar functionalities as their original counterparts but include a slimmed down version if compared to the latter. It seems Google is penetrating every possi

google

Google's 'Selfish Ledger' Focusing On Total Data Collection

Vikram Khajuria 4 min read  

In leaked Google concept video, a program named “The Selfish Ledger” is talked about and its applications for the advancement of the human civilization. The footage was first grabbed by The Verge. The filmed video is of 2016 and has Nick Foster, former Google X head of design in it and s

google

Google News To Get A Revamped Version With AMP And Videos

Akash Singh Chauhan 4 min read  

Google is planning to revamp the News app by adding few new tweaks and more features to it. The tech giant is integrating the YouTube news and taking help from the Play Newsstand app to the give Google News a refreshed look. According to the latest news, the company is also working with the other pu