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One of the biggest complaints about _Pokemon Go _(other than the servers not always being up) is that you always have to keep the phone up and out in order to receive alerts. Well, if you can't wait for the new Pokemon Go Plus accessory to launch, there's a new app that could definitely help with that problem... but there's one major catch.
Kotaku is reporting that the app PokeDetector, which is currently available over on the Google Play store, can help notify you about Pokemon in the area for Pokemon Go. This is a great way to gain notifications about nearby Pokemon or PokeStops you're approaching without having to keep your phone on all the time. However, the catch is that you need to have a smartwatch in order to make use of the PokeDetector.
The PokeDetector pairs up with your Android smartphone and allows you to close down your phone to save on the battery. You can use the PokeDetector to find and notify you about Pokemon so you don't have to keep your phone out and on at all times.
According to the app page, the PokeDetector can be customized for Pokemon Go to only include notifications for certain situations, including Pokemon, items or PokeStops.
The reviews from customers who grabbed the app off the store are mostly positive, with the average rating being 4.3 out of 5 stars.
There is another catch, though.
The game unofficially makes use of Pokemon Go's code. According to Kotaku, signing into the app and using it runs the risk of that account being banned. What does that mean for you? Well, the article suggests using a secondary burner account in order to log in and use the PokeDetector. Considering that whatever pops up in the area will apply for both the burner account and the primary account, you're not losing anything.
You could keep your main account logged into Pokemon Go on the phone and then use the burner for your smartwatch. It's not a bad plan, if a bit cumbersome if I must say so myself.
The PokeDetector is one of many apps out there trying to cash in on the popularity of Pokemon Go. Other apps and services out there include a Pokemon Go dating service, as well as a chauffeur service, the latter of which will take you around town so you don't have to worry about getting into any unneeded car accidents.
A lot of people are already getting their hands on the PokeDetector, though. It's already racked up nearly 900 user reviews after launching today on July 26. According to the stats the app has already been installed anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 times. Not bad for an app that's barely 10MB in size.
While you can download it without any problems, there are some in-app purchases that will run you $2.99. Just something to consider for those of you gaming on a budget.
I imagine the developers are cashing in on this craze quick because the more official solution in the form of the Pokemon Go Plus wrist accessory will likely render these kind of makeshift notification apps useless.