Niantic Labs have rolled out an update to Pokemon Go which could make playing the game a little easier for some users.
The main changes in the latest Pokemon Go update are in the ‘Nearby’ section of the game.
Rather than simply showing Pokemon with footprints alongside them, Nearby will now show players a photograph of exactly where the Pokemon are hiding.
— Pokémon GO News (@PokemonGoNews) August 9, 2016
The update also brings changes to the ‘Sightings’ section which shows you the different types of Pokemon that have been spotted by other users in the area where you are playing the game.
Currently, the update seems to only be available for players in certain cities, although it is safe to assume the update will be rolled out globally.
The new Pokemon Go update also includes a battery saving mode, much is set to be a huge benefit to players as if you have played the game for any length of time, you will know how it can drain your smartphone battery.
The battery saving mode is available to iOS users currently but is expected to be rolled out to users on Android in the near future.
Finally, Niantic have said that it has fixed a bug in the game which should improve accuracy when throwing a Pokeball, making it easier to catch Pokemon. Here are the full release notes for the latest Pokemon Go update:
- Pokemon GO has been updated to version 0.33.0 for Android and 1.3.0 for iOS devices.
- Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing.
- Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw
- Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses.
- Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons.
- Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time. Please choose your new nickname wisely.
- Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature.
- Added visuals of Team Leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark.
- We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
- Minor text fixes
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