Google Maps 5.1 for Android, now let you also connect a location to a real place by checking in there using Latitude.
- Connecting your location with places. You can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location, but check-ins let you add context to the location–like captions to a photo.
- Because you can use Latitude to automatically detect your location, Google added a few twists to checking in to make it really easy:
- Turn on check-in notifications in Latitude’s settings and get a notification to check in at a nearby place once you arrive. Never forget to check in again.
- Choose to automatically check in at specific places you designate, and you’ll be checked in when you’re there. You can talk to friends or finish your bagel without fumbling with your phone.
- Once you leave, Latitude knows to automatically check you out of places so friends aren’t left guessing if you’re still there.
- Explore your world one check-in at a time. Latitude is built right into Maps for Android so check-ins work across Latitude and Maps seamlessly. When friends check in at a place, you can go straight from their Latitude profile to its Place page to learn about it, fire up Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for turn-by-turn directions to them, and more.
You can also check in at a favorite place to earn special status there; you’ll see if you’ve become a “Regular,” a “VIP” or a “Guru” on its Place page. Keep checking in to hold onto your status or reach the next level.
Just like when sharing your location with Latitude, checking in is 100% opt-in, and you can choose to share any check-in with your friends on Latitude, publicly on the web and your Google profile, or just yourself. Late this week, you’ll also be able to see your complete history of check-ins using the optional History tab at google.com/latitude from your computer.