Glob3 Mobile: An Open Source Framework for Designing Virtual Globes on iOS and Android Mobile Devices

  • Agustín Trujillo
  • Jose Pablo SuárezEmail author
  • Manuel de la Calle
  • Diego Gómez
  • Alfonso Pedriza
  • José Miguel Santana
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


The widely development of mobile devices is contributing to a high demand in 3D graphics, as they have also become a very important requirement of modern applications. Virtual Globes integrating environmental data at any time or place, remain a challenge within the technical constraints imposed by mobile devices. We present Glob3 Mobile, an open source framework for the development of virtual globes on familiar iOS and Android mobile devices. The paper discusses the design and development choices for each platform. The aim of this work is twofold. First, to provide an efficient Virtual Globe application, testable and freely accessible from the web and providing a truly 3D navigation experience with smooth flying. Second, to provide the main software components to easily design and implement 3D Virtual Globes based applications, on both iOS and Android platforms.


Virtual globe Smartphone application iOS Android 



This work has been supported in part by Spanish firms IGO software and COTESA, by CYCIT Project MTM2008-05866-C03-02/MTM from Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia of Spain and by AECID Project A/030194/10 of Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de cooperación of Spain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agustín Trujillo
    • 2
  • Jose Pablo Suárez
    • 3
    Email author
  • Manuel de la Calle
    • 1
  • Diego Gómez
    • 1
  • Alfonso Pedriza
    • 4
  • José Miguel Santana
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de I+DIGO SOFTWARECáceresSpain
  2. 2.Imaging Technology Center (CTIM)University of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaCanary IslandsSpain
  3. 3.Division of Mathematics, Graphics and Computation (MAGiC)IUMA, Information and Communication Systems. University of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaCanary IslandsSpain
  4. 4.COTESA, Área de Sistemas de InformaciónValladolidSpain

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