Google Latitude check-ins added to Google Maps for Android 5.1
This isn't just Google playing catchup with the location leaders, though. Latitude's check-ins come with some slick features that competitors don't have. For example, you can set up notifications that will prompt you to check in, and turn on automatic check-ins for your favorite locations. Latitude will also automatically check you out of a place when you leave, which is a practical feature when you're actually trying to meet up with friends. Also, Latitude now integrates with Google's Place Pages. If you browse to a Place Page on your Android device, you'll find a button for a one-click check-in. Nice!
Latitude may not have fancy badges and mayorships like its competitors, but it's turning into a great practical tool for sharing your location and coordinating meetups with friends.
For a closer look at the new features in Latitude, check out Google's promo video after the jump.