Google Maps for Android adds new location, check-in features

A few new options enhance Google Maps for Android, particularly for the social and stats-curious.

Google Maps for Android location history
Location stats in the new Google Maps for Android 5.3. Google

Google has tweaked Google Maps for Android once again. Starting today, smartphones running Android 1.6 and up will see new location history and check-in features in Google Maps 5.3.

The first addition is for maps users who have enabled Google Latitude on their profile. If you choose to, you'll now be able to view stats and graphs of your location history, including estimates that break down how you allocate your time at work, home, or elsewhere.

Maps' second feature expands the pre-existing Latitude check-in option to let followers and friends know you're at home when you're not out. You can tap Home to associate your location with your personal fortress of solitude.

Finally, Google Maps 5.3 tweaks the way you rate establishments in Hotpot, its reviews engine. Now you can add not just comments, but traits that define a business, like a swanky bathroom, great music, or comfortable chairs.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


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