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Google Maps is one of the most popular and most used Google apps. Google Maps is here with yet another update. We have seen a series of updates in the recent past. The service has received an India specific update where Maps now shows a two-wheeler mode and displays locations of public toilets in the area. Google has introduced a new update to Google Maps in which the Earth appears as a globe instead of a flat surface when you zoom all the way out on the desktop version.

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Google Maps is one of the most popular and most used Google apps. Whether it is a Smartphone or a Laptop or a Desktop Google maps is used in almost every device. Google Maps has seen a series of updates in the recent past. The service has received an India specific update where Google Maps now shows a two-wheeler mode and displays locations of public toilets in the area. However, this update is limited to the Android version of Maps. Yet again Google has introduced a new update to Google Maps.

In the new Update to Maps the Earth appears as a globe instead of a flat surface when you zoom all the way out on the desktop version. This change allows the G Maps to accurately display the shape of the Earth.

Google showcased this new update  in a tweet saying that with new 3D Globe Mode, “Greenland’s projection is no longer the size of Africa.” Here is the Tweet.

Till now, Google has used a top view projection in the Maps which projects the earth on a flat surface. This allows an easier representation of earth in two dimensions and helps to preserve angles of the roads but suffers from the inaccurate scaling of areas. In simple words, the problem with the flat view is that the regions around the equator appear properly scaled but the areas around the poles appear larger than they actually are.  For example, Greenland appears larger than Africa, But it is  14 times smaller. In fact, Canada, Alaska, Sweden, Norway, and Finland – all look larger than they actually are.

If you wish to check out the new globe projection then just open  Maps in your desktop browser and scroll all the way out of the map.

Also Read: Google Maps to get a lot of India Specific Features in the Coming Days!

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