APP WATCH: Google Maps 5.3 for Android

Pretty pictures, we love 'em and there's plenty of them generated in the newly-launched Google Maps 5.3 for Android.

There are three new headline features in the latest version, headed up by the Location History dashboard. If you have enabled Location History for Google Latitude, you’ve been able to visualise 'interesting trends' in your location history with a personal dashboard in your Latitude profile. You’ll be able to see on your phone how far you’ve travelled as well as an estimate of how much time you’ve spent at home, at work, or out. Might be useful when you are next discussing a pay rise. Or not. Depends if you are a workaholic.

Also included in this latest version is the option to check in at home. Basically, it tells people when you're in and up for a chat or visitors. Just check in from Latitude and tap 'Home - Tap to set your location' at the bottom of the nearby places list if you don’t have one yet. Use the estimated current address or enter in your home address yourself, then, once you’ve checked in at home once, 'Home' will appear at the top of the list when you’re checking in near there.

Finally, you can add your own aspects for places. What does that mean? It means that when you’re rating places on the go, you can leave feedback on a specific aspect or characteristic of a place, such as the food or ambience. So if you think a place has a great view or soothing music, you can add it yourself and quickly share it with the world.

So nothing life-changing, but nice additions to a still-free product.

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