Several weeks ago I found that an application that I am working on which used the webviewer to display a Google Map [GM] stopped displaying GM. Then a week or so later - without my doing anything significant that I'm aware of - it started displaying GM again, but with diminished capabilities. Before the GMs stopped working I was able to switch between GM Full Mode and its Lite Mode. When it started working again, I was only able to display in Lite Mode; why?
A bit of poking around found that GM is now sensitive to not only the browser and OS, but also video hardware To test this I checked out several machines with different video hardware to see which ones would display GM Full and which would only allow GM Lite. Here's the very small sample result:
Video Hardware GM Full?
intelHD Graphics Yes
IntelHD Graphics 530 Yes
Intel G41 Express Chipset No
NViDEA GeForce GT 710 No
IntelHD Graphics 5500 Yes
The machine that I'm running FMP on is the one with the Intel G41 chipset, hence, GM Lite only. So there you have it. Here's Google's list of video hardware that will support GM Full mode. i don't know if Google announced this change anywhere, but, if so, I couldn't find it. [Or maybe it's been there all along and I just didn't notice it.]