What You Need To Know About Google Globe

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Flat maps are so 7000 BC. With modern computers, we have the technology to render the world in its true form (ignoring conspiracies): a globe. Or oblate spheroid, if you prefer. Which is why it's a surprise it took Google this long to adopt a rotatable, third-dimension for Maps.

There's nothing on Google's official blog for Maps that mentions the change, which could suggest it's still in testing. Not that there's much to test — it doesn't really add much to the site's functionality, other than coolness and the thing is still called "Google Maps".

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At first I thought it might be a two-stage thing, switching from 2D to 3D when you zoom out far enough, but if you look carefully, you'll sense a "globe-ness" when you navigate around regardless of distance, which suggests it's permanently 3D.

Fingers crossed this is a prelude to what I like to call "Google Galaxy", where you can zoom all the way out and see the entirety of the Milky Way. A man can dream.

[Google Maps, via Ausdroid]


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    Fingers crossed this is a prelude to what I like to call "Google Galaxy", where you can zoom all the way out and see the entirety of the Milky Way. A man can dream.Change to satellite view and zoom all the way out and you'll get a list of other-worldly places to visit.
    Not quite the entirety of the Milky Way, but still pretty neat.

    If it's in testing - may they turned it off. Or my PC fails the test.
    Either way, Google Maps remains depressingly non-globular in shape for me.

      Just tried it, not sure if I'm a tester or something but after zooming right out, it's definitely a globe for me in normal map mode.

      As @Zak above mentioned, in Satellite mode zoomed right out goes into a 'Space' mode. Has a list of planets, moons etc on the left. Even a 'street view' of the International Space Station.

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