No More Flat Earth?
The Earth is no longer flat… on Google Maps. Google recently updated their popular Maps site so that when you zoom all the way out the Earth is depicted as a globe. They made the change to provide consumers with a more accurate picture of earth.
The feature is only available on the desktop version. The mobile app still depicts the Earth as a flat surface.
The standard flat map uses the Mercator projection to depict the earth on a flat surface. It became standardized because it was an easy way to print maps. Google started using the Mercator projection in 2009 in order to preserve the angles of the roads.
However, the Mercator projection of the Earth distorts the image, making object near the poles appear larger and objects near the equator appear smaller.
The company rolled out this Google Maps update as part of a series of updates to the service. In June, Google updated Maps to make it easier to find restaurants.
Story via The Verge