Google Maps for Android Updated – Location History and more…

Google Maps for Android Updated – Location History and more…

Apr 5, 2011

Google Maps for Android received another “Latitude” update bringing it to version 5.3. This updated version brings users a “Location History Dashboard,” “Home Check-In,” and personalized aspects to the places rating system. These social centric features seem to be dominating the Google Maps updates as of late, which I find a tad disappointing. Especially when I’m waiting on features such as multiple destination routing, speed limits, and other “travel” related items. Am I asking too much? Probably.

Google Maps Updated to 5.2 – Social, Social, Social

Google Maps Updated to 5.2 – Social, Social, Social

Mar 3, 2011

Is it me or have the last couple of Google Maps updates been social centric? This next one is no different, with Google Maps 5.2 adding more social features to both Google Latitude and Google Places with HotPot.

In 5.2, Google expands on the check-in feature of Latitude by allowing users to ping friends to find out where they are. When you stalk see a nearby Latitude friend on the map just give them a ping and they will receive an Android notification from you asking them to check in at a place. If your victim friend checks in using your request, you will get a notification right back so you know which place to go to murder meet them.

Google Latitude Adds Check-Ins

Google Latitude Adds Check-Ins

Feb 1, 2011

Oh no, looks like Google has something up their sleeves. Today they announced the addition of Check-Ins via Google Latitude. Location based social networks and games have gained increasing popularity with sites such as Foursquare boasting over 15 million check-ins in their first year of service.

Check-ins are essential just that, a check in to a certain place or location. Through these various services you can share your location with others, allowing them to see where you are and what you’re up to. Different sites put different spins and incentives on check-ins such as badges or real world discounts to the very establishments that you are checking in to.