The world appears as a globe

When zooming out Google Maps recently switched away from a flat map representation to a globe view of Earth. This matches the view one could already get with the satellite view.

While the use of the globe may be a more accurate representation of our world, probably disappointing the flat-earther community, it’s not sure it is the most relevant manner to display information on the map.

Flat representations of the world have been created to make it easier to understand geography in a 2 dimensional world and for now rare are the people using Google Maps in Virtual Reality where a globe would definitely make sense.