Google updated Maps for Android by adding the ability to check-in and rate a place from Maps itself.

Check-ins and rating places get easier with Google Maps 5.5 for Android

This update also lets you adjust the location Latitude associates with your home and work places. You need to have Latitude turned on within Google Maps to make this adjustment. Transit station locations have also been updated in this release to make it easier to use Google Maps’ transit directions feature. The update is available for both Android smartphones and tablets.

Here’s the simple sequence of steps to check-in from Google Maps for Android.

1. Tap the Places icon (upside down teardrop icon)
2. Tap “Explore Nearby” in the Places lists
3. Select the place you are at from the list
4. Tap “Check in here” and, if you want, rate and review the place