Google integrates your friends in Android Maps 5.2

Google Maps for Android 5.2
Google Maps for Android 5.2

Google has updated its Android Maps service to include a whole host of new social networking options.

Google Maps for Android 5.2 now lets you review eateries and find your friends more easily using the Daily Mail's favourite service, Latitude.

The former takes Google's Hotpot service (where you can download an Android widget to your homescreen to easily give a restaurant a star rating) and extends it so you can not only rate and review a place, but also instantly share it up to Twitter from your Android device.

Where are you - the digital version

The other big change is to do with finding your friends when out and about - and negating the need to send that slightly-creepy 'Where are you?' text.

Instead, you can ping them to ask where they are through the app - it shows on their Android phone in the notification bar. When they update, the ping flies back to you, and you can then go and find them.

Of course, this is another example of something taking a lot longer than a simple phone call, but if you're in unknown territory, it could be a pretty handy tool.

The Maps for Android 5.2 update is in the Market for 'everywhere it's available, which currently doesn't seem to be the UK, but at least it's compatible with Android 1.6 and above.

From Google Official Blog

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.