Use Firefox Beta to Enjoy 3D Maps with Google’s MapsGL

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WebGL was originally pioneered in Mozilla’s Canvas 3D project and introduced in Firefox earlier this year. This technology is a web standard implemented widely in browsers and allows websites to display hardware-accelerated 3D graphics without the need for third-party software.

Google announced MapsGL today, a version of Google Maps that allows users to experience 3D Maps with WebGL. MapsGL enables users to have a richer Google Maps experience with smoother imagery transitions, more fluid panning and zooming and 3D buildings.

MapsGL is an opt-in experience that is available in Firefox Beta and Chrome 14+.

Download Firefox Beta now to use the new Google MapsGL.