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JimMariner
02-01-2011, 08:12 PM
Google Latitude gets check-ins, Google Maps 5.1

Google Latitude received a major update that saw it hop on the bandwagon mostly created by Foursquare. The feature now has 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.

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. iPhone users can already see check-ins, but to make them will need an update to the iOS Latitude app (App Store). Google hasn't said how soon the iPhone would get its upgrade.

Google Latitude gets check-ins, Google Maps 5.1

Google Latitude received a major update that saw it hop on the bandwagon mostly created by Foursquare. The feature now has 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.

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. iPhone users can already see check-ins, but to make them will need an update to the iOS Latitude app (App Store). Google hasn't said how soon the iPhone would get its upgrade.



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Electronista Staff
updated 02:00 pm EST,
Tue February 1, 2011
Source (http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/02/01/google.latitude.gets.check.ins.google.maps.51/)

LuciferRex
02-03-2011, 02:29 PM
sweet....updating now. Is that 3d view a part of the new one, or is it something I just missed all this time?

maybish
02-07-2011, 02:20 AM
I've never gotten the 3d to work....

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jmartinez748
02-07-2011, 03:53 AM
3d doesn't work for me either. Does it only work for certain city's?

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noXcuse
02-07-2011, 06:53 AM
Yea, the 3d was only mapped in the major cities, like NY, LA, and DC. Not sure why Google even launched the 3d view, when most people can't even use it.

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beachy
02-07-2011, 07:40 AM
Indy has it!

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plumcrazy
02-07-2011, 09:45 AM
noticed this the other day.

LuciferRex
02-07-2011, 04:30 PM
curses, I don't live in a big enough city to warrant getting it soon :(

TheFandroid
02-22-2011, 08:50 PM
Yeah the 3D doesn't work for me. They should have waited for more cities before releasing this.