Google has pushed out a new version of Google Maps for Android. The latest version doesn’t make it any easier to find places you’re looking for, but Google Maps 5.2 does make it easier to tell the world about those places.

The first big change is improved support for check-ins using the Google Latitude service, which tracks your location. If you see friends near your location on a map, you can “ping” them to check-in at your location instead of sending a text message or making a phone call. It’s a quick way to either ask your friends if they’re free for coffee, or to annoy them endlessly. Your pick.

The app also makes it easier to find the place you want to check into. If it doesn’t show up in the drop-down list, you can click the “search more places” button to find the location. This can come in handy if you’re in an area that’s jam-packed with restaurants or other businesses available for check-ins.

Google Maps 5.2 also lets you share reviews of the places you visit on Twitter.

You can download the app for free from the Android Market.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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