Google ends with the flat earth: the Maps application now moves away to show a three-dimensional globe

A new Google Maps update means that when users move away from the screen completely, the perspective changes to a three-dimensional globe, rather than a flat map view

Google has bad news for flat land.

The search giant has updated Google Maps so that when users move away completely, the perspective changes to a three-dimensional globe, instead of a flat view of the map.

Before the update, Google Maps used a 2D Mercator projection, which extends in the form of a globe on a flat surface and often misrepresents the actual size of certain countries.

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A new Google Maps update means that when users move away from the screen completely, the perspective changes to a three-dimensional globe, rather than a flat map view

A new Google Maps update means that when users move away from the screen completely, the perspective changes to a three-dimensional globe, rather than a flat map view

The well-known Mercator projection, which typically represents land on a flat surface such as a poster or a book, unwittingly distorts the size and mass of countries the farther they are from the equator.

It shows that there is no precise way to take a spherical surface and map it on a flat plane without distorting it.

"With 3D Globe mode on the Google Maps desktop, the Greenland projection is no longer the size of Africa," Google wrote in a tweet.

The update only works in desktop mode, not in the Google Maps application, where Earth is still shown as an airplane.

It can be accessed in all major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox.

The decision comes when Google Maps became smarter since its initial launch 13 years ago.

Google recently introduced an AI feature that can tell you how much you think you'll like a restaurant.

The tool combines IA, previous search history and user reviews to generate a score of 100.

The update only works in desktop mode, not in the Google Maps application, where Earth is still shown as an airplane. It is accessible in browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox

The update only works in desktop mode, not in the Google Maps application, where Earth is still shown as an airplane. It is accessible in browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox

The update only works in desktop mode, not in the Google Maps application, where Earth is still shown as an airplane. It is accessible in browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox

It's called & # 39; Your match & # 39; and will only work if users choose to let Google Maps register their location.

The company is now releasing new features to iOS and Android users in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, with more countries to follow at a later date.

Google first unveiled the feature at its annual I / O developer conference earlier this year.

WHAT IS INCORRECT WITH THE MERCATOR MAP?

Africa is about 14 times larger than Greenland and yet, on the map both are about the same size.

Brazil is more than five times larger than Alaska, but Alaska is bigger than Brazil on the map.

The map suggests that the Scandinavian countries are larger than India, while in reality India is three times the size of all the Scandinavian countries combined.

While it seems that Europe is bigger than North America on this map, the opposite actually happens. Russia is not as big as it is represented, with Africa actually bigger than Russia.

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