Google Maps for Android was updated to version 5.2 today, and the influence of mobile check-in services is becoming more and more apparent with the addition of four social location features.

While v5.1 added Latitude check-in functionality, Maps v5.2 brings the ability to post reviews of places to Twitter. Additionally, Google Latitude friends can now be pinged, beckoning them to check-in where you would like them to be (they will then receive a 'request'). In case you need a little inspiration for your next destination, the update also lets you search for a place to check-in from Latitude. Finally, Maps v5.2 allows you to explore hotspots in your area.

Google is obviously trying to hop on board the mobile check-in train, but are they stuck playing catch-up at this point? Will you use Google Maps for checking in? Let us know in the comments.


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Source: Droid-life

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  • Darius_bd

    I reaaaaaaaally dont understand the idea of checking-in. Most pointless feature of a gps use ever.

  • Sener

    Not really. With all the check in sites out there already, four square, facebook etc., they are social sites we use already, so why switch to a map program just to check in when we can check in on the ones we have and see everyone else we know already.

    • Oen

      It's not because you use such social sites that everyone else use them...
      I could say I don't understand why people use Facebook to have "passive" contact with their friends when there is the phone, mail, real life... to do it in a more active way...

    • http://sketaful.se Sketaful

      If you see it that way..
      More and more start using Google+. How long do you think it will take before you can checkin on G+? And thrue what do you think the checkins are gonna be made? Prob Gmaps if u ask me and viewing it that way, isn't it good if they actually have tested it first and made sure it all works?

      Me, I hate checkins. But if I would like to checkin I'd go for the first app that let your do one checkin and send em to every other app... If I'd do a checkin that shows on my G+ I'd prob wouldn't want to have to checkin again with another app just so my friends on FB could see, I would want my first checkin to show there to at the same time.

      But what do I know? :P

  • Christo

    Sure I'll use it....

    Oh wait, I can't since my Google account is an Apps account. :/

  • Noel

    Help...Can someone tell me how u can use the 3D maps on the Nexus one to get 3D view of buildings. Tried different ways could not achieve the 3D view. I know when this was released N1 was one of the devices listed as not capable of taking full advantage of 3D maps. Will check right here for any clues...