A new Google Maps update has hit the Android Market, bringing the app to Version 5.2. The latest update from the Google Maps team mostly focuses on the social aspect.

For those of you that use Google's Hotpot, you will now be able to tweet your reviews using the integrated rating widget. The reviews will be appear in searches, Google.com/hotpot, and on Place pages.

In addition to the new tweetable Hotpot reviews, Google Latitude users will now be able to "ping" their friends. The new ping feature will appear in the notification bar. So, now instead of texting, emailing, or calling them, you can just ping them to meetup.

Google has also reminded us that you can also check-in using Google Latitude. The check-in feature was added last month to version 5.1. Not the biggest update in the world, but still, the Google Maps team is always innovating and updating the app.

Here's the changlog:

  • Post your reviews of places to Twitter
  • Check in at places with Google Latitude to earn status and share with friends
  • Ping Latitude friends to ask them to check in. Friends will get a check-in request notification from you.
  •  Search for a place to check in from Latitude if it's not in the suggested list of places.

Full deets are at Google's blog post. [Google Mobile Blog]