Google has updated Google Maps for Android to version 5.1 today, bringing big changes to Latitude. Where Latitude once was just a pin on a map, now there are check-ins, to connect a place to the location.
Users who opt-in for the new Latitude can set it up to notify them when they are at a location so they can manually check-in, or set up locations to automagically check them in when they arrive. In either case, Latitude checks you out when you leave. There are also settings to decide how and where to share your location. These new features make Latitude much more competitive with other location aware social media, and seem worth checking out if that's your thing. Grab the official update for Maps through the Android Market. There's a video after the break that does a great walk through, check it out. [Official Google Blog]