The popular Google Maps app is known for its regular updates. After recent major and somewhat controversial changes to map colors, it's now time to add a new navigation view. It is about the ability to display 3D models of buildings.
This function, which has been available in other navigation systems for many years, finally makes its debut in Maps on phones and Android Auto. The new 3D mode involves changing perspective in the map view and mapping buildings that are not flat rectangles or squares, but have become spatial geometric shapes. Its size varies depending on the size of the object it represents. It must be admitted that this makes navigation a little easier and allows better orientation in the area.
The first information about the new function in Google Maps appeared in the third quarter of 2023. Initially, users from the United States reported the possibility of launching a 3D vision. In the following days, the solution appeared increasingly among European users – also in Poland. There is no doubt that opinions regarding the new function have been very positive. This may be evidenced by the fact that Google has decided to make the 3D navigation display the default – at least that's according to the reviews provided by users who have already received the aforementioned update.
Of course, there is nothing preventing you from manually deactivating the said offer. To do this, launch the application and then click on the “Layers” icon at the top right of the screen. There, among the options presented in the form of tiles, select 3D mode. However, it should be noted that the 3D view will not be visible when you zoom in on the map slightly. Building models only appear when you zoom in on the map enough.
Users who have already received the mentioned functionality reported some issues with its operation. The aforementioned supposed 3D display only appears when our phone is set to light theme mode. If you change to dark, the building models will disappear from the navigation screen. However, at the moment, it is not known whether this is a bug in the app or a deliberate action on Google's part.
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