Google Maps Update Makes a Few Changes to Latitude and Hotpot

Google’s issued a hot (as in you probably weren’t notified) update to Google Maps in the Android market that makes a few changes to Latitude and Hotpot. Firstly, Hotpot will now give you the ability to share your ratings to Twitter whenever you rate a new place. Subtle, but something I’m sure a lot of people won’t mind having.

Secondly, Latitude now has a “Ping” feature that’ll let you ping a friend if they’re nearby. It’ll send a notification to that person with the message you choose to send and you guys can meet up for coffee, wiffle ball, or whatever it is you’re doing. And if you need to check in somewhere but it isn’t showing up in the list of places, you’ll be able to show more. All of these features should now be available to you if you have version 5.2 of Google Maps. [Google]

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  • Tim

    I knew something was different this morning, the automatic checkin feature started working much better for no apparent reason this morning. I guess I know why now.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Very nice and much appreciated. Google is full of pleasant surprises nothing beats google maps, navigation, and turn by turn directions it even works fantastic walking telling you nearby train stations and various information. Now it’s time for some music at Google I/O come May.

  • Gabriel

    Still doesn’t work with Apps accounts :(

  • Willie

    Why do iPhone google maps route by train and display train schedule and android doesn’t have that option? It should be the other way around.

  • austin

    @ willie the palm treo pro was made by htc

  • MagicMike

    Would be nice if they made it so that Latitude didn’t use 40% of my battery each day.

  • GinoA

    @austin Huh?!? Wrong thread?

    @Willie Android maps does do public-transit routing. At least in the US. It will use trains and buses.

  • bill

    Spell check..Please!!!! Hotpot

  • Rune Steinsland


    Wow! Is this a new feature locating places where you really can get some good shit? ;)