Google Maps Now Uses Hyperspace Animation To Switch Between Planets

Google’s products have become an essential part of our life these days. As far as its products are concerned, the search giant has always managed to satisfy its users. Google Maps is one of those tools.

Long gone are the days, when people faced problems while moving from one place to another. Thanks to Google Maps, today there are thousands of people who rely on the app to get directions. It helps us to explore different cities and even countries around the world.

However, many people don’t know that they can use Google Maps to explore other planets in the universe. The company added this feature in the application two years ago. Recently, some Redditors spotted another interesting feature in Google Maps.

As soon as a user switches between planets, the app quickly throws him into hyperspace. In other words, Google Maps now uses hyperspace to travel between planets. Google has not officially announced the functionality. The company quietly rolled it out and now it is already available for everyone.

Furthermore, if you attempt to switch to another planet in the solar system, you can see a hyperspace animation. At the moment, no one knows the exact motive behind adding this animation. However, it seems to be a promotional strategy for the latest installment in the Star Wars series.

This assumption has been made based on the existing design of the animation. As a matter of fact, there is a lot of resemblance between the animation and how it is presented in the latest movies.

If you are interested in exploring the planets, open Google Maps on your web browser. Now use the zoom out button to zoom out at its maximum level. Next, you need to click on the sidebar > select Globe and use the toggle button to turn on the satellite view.

At this point, if you press the zoom out button, you should see a new menu bar that shows a complete list of moons and planets in the solar system. Google Maps should now use hyperspace to travel to another planet that you click.

Have you tried the hyperspace animation in Google Maps? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.