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Google Maps now shows the Earth as a globe

Google has likely offended scores of flatearthers this past week after the company added a new update to Maps that displays planet Earth as a globe.

Previously the app displayed the planet much like a massive map on its Maps interface. Now, when users zoom out, they’ll be greeted by a bulbous ball in space.

Why the change? For Google, it believes that it’s a better way to represent relative sizes of countries and continents.

While Greenland may look the same size as Africa on a flat map, on a globe, its much smaller.

Users didn’t quite understand the tweak though, wondering why Google only made the move on desktop and not mobile, or why the company sacrificed UI in favour of usability.

The change should be live for all users on the desktop version of Maps.

Feature image: Google Maps

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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