Google has introduced a new update for Google Maps: If you zoom in on the entire zoom factor, the earth is no longer displayed as a flat surface, but as a globe. It is a change that allows the map to display the earth more accurately.
The search company has highlighted the change to their Google MapsTwitter feed and stated that with the new 3D Globe mode, "Greenland's projection is no longer the size of Africa". The change is only available on the desktop. It is still flat in his mobile app.
Previously, Google Maps used the Mercator projection, which projects the planet onto a flat surface. While this style makes it easy to print on maps and has been largely standardized, it presents a distorted image of the earth. Objects around the equator are scaled relative to each other 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 seems bigger than Africa, in fact Africa is 1
A Google employee said in 2009 that the company had used a Mercator card because of the preservation of street angles: "Mercator was not used when Maps first started, and high-latitude streets like Stockholm did not meet at right angles the card as it really is. "
The change is the youngest in a series of the company. In June, Google redesigned the Explore section to make finding restaurants easier. An update earlier this week has added the status of battery life to the location sharing.