Update Brings Check-Ins To Google Latitude

Google has unveiled an update for its Maps for Android app designed to add a check-in feature to its Latitude service.

Latitude allows people to automatically update and share their whereabouts with their friends. By including check-ins, users can now add “context” to their location, such as captions to a photo or more specific information on where they are.

In a blog post, Google software engineer Joe LaPenna said that, as Latitude is built into Google Maps for Android, users can access a location’s Place page for more information.

“For example, check in at that new hamburger joint, and you’ll see its Place page with reviews to help you order,” LaPenna said.

“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.”

The Google Maps 5.1.0 update is available to download from the Android Market for phones running Android version 1.6 or higher. iPhone users can only view friends’ check-ins via Latitude at the moment, but Google has promised that an update is in the pipeline.