Google Maps 5.1 Adds Auto Latitude Check-Ins and Perks

Posted by at 3:24 pm on February 1, 2011

With the Google Maps update to version 5.1 on Android Google Latitude received a major update in fits fight to beat out Foursquare. You can use check-ins to help locate friends and allows attaching photos with captions. While there’s no points system, frequent check-ins give rewards in the form of becoming a regular, VIP or guru on a location’s Google Places page.

Android users will get specific perks from having Latitude run in the background. The app can send a notification when it believes the user is close to a check-in point and can even automatically check into certain locations when the phone detects it’s nearby. Position awareness will also automatically check out to avoid the common problem of check-ins losing their relevance.  You can also have the app do auto check-outs, as well.

Privacy is fine-grained and will let users opt into how much detail they share about check-ins.

Android users have access to all the new features today with an update to Google Maps 5.1 in the Market.

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