Google Adds Foursquare-Like Check-Ins to Latitude
Google today updated Google Maps for Mobile to version 5.1 for the Android platform. The new version introduces one key feature — the ability for Latitude users to check into locations the same way Foursquare users check into venues. The software lets users set up alerts so Latitude will notify them when they are near venues. Users can set up Latitude to automatically check them into certain, pre-defined venues. Latitude will also let users check themselves out of a venue automatically when they leave. Latitude for Android also allows users to add captions or photos to the check-ins. Latitude will support designations such as "Guru," "Regular," and "VIP" depending on how often users check into certain venues. The new version of Maps for Android is available to devices running Android 1.6 Donut and up. Google noted that iPhone users of Latitude will be able to see the check-ins of their Android-using friends, and Google said that it is going to enable Latitude check-ins on the iPhone, as well. Latitude is opt-in, meaning users need to choose to share their location data.