Use Firefox 8 Beta 3 to experience Google Maps with WebGL (Google MapsGL)

Google presented mapsGL which uses WebGL technology, brings hardware-accelerated graphics to the browser and lets you view 3D buildings on Google Maps, offers smooth transitions between zoom levels and continuous 45″ bird’s-eye rotations, and you can quickly switch from map to street view images. Currently Google MapsGL works on Chrome 14+ and Firefox 8 Beta. Mozilla released Firefox 8 Beta 3 with MapsGL support.

Trying MapsGL in Firefox

MapsGL is an optional user experience, please use Firefox or Chrome browser to visit Google MapsGL and click “want to try something new?” on the left side of the screen to experience Google Maps in 3D.

For disable MapsGL or disable it, click the “Classic” button on the left panel.

System requirements for run MapsGL in your computer

A WebGL-enabled browser

Operational system:

  • MacOS Snow Leopard 10.6+, Lion 10.7+
  • Windows Vista or 7
  • Linux

video card hardware

  • GPU with Direct X 9.0c recommended (Shader Model 3.0+)
  • For Windows machines, must have drivers published after January 1, 2009.
  • Some low-end integrated GPUs (such as Intel GMA 3100 and 3150) are not supported

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