Google Adds Twitter and 'Ping' Support to Android Maps
Google today announced the availability of Google Maps for Android version 5.2. The new software includes a number of new features. First, Maps users can Tweet their Hotpot reviews directly from Hotpot. Hotpot is a feature of Google Maps Places where people can post and share reviews of places such as restaurants. With Google Maps for Android 5.2, users can write a review in Hotpot and then share it immediately via Twitter. The new version of Google Maps also adds the ability to ping nearby Latitude friends. The ping sends an Android alert to the friend's phone. That person can then check in using Latitude, which will send an alert back to their friend with the exact location. Last, Latitude now has the ability to search for other nearby places if a venue isn't listed in the "nearby places" results. Google Maps for Android 5.2 is a free update and works on devices running Android 1.6 and up.