Niantic Labs has updated Pokemon Go for Android and iOS smartphones. The latest update contains some notable changes to the game, including reimplementing a feature that they recently removed due to it being glitched. The update isn't massive, but it is significant.
The news was posted up over on the official Pokemon Go website, where they rolled out an actual bullet point list of some of the things they changed in the game.
You can check out the list below.
• 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
Now some of these are actually more important than others. For instance, the new variation of the "Nearby Pokemon" feature is a replacement for the 3-step feature that worked as the previous tracking method for Pokemon in the game. Gamers would see three sets of paws traveling in the direction where the Pokemon would be. Unfortunately, Pokemon Go's 3-step feature ended up glitching out and they had to remove it. At the same time, there were third-party services offering tracking features as well, and Niantic Labs had them shut down because they felt as if they were both draining the server for the game and enabling people to cheat.
It's at least good to know that Niantic is replacing the tracking system rather quickly. At the end of the day, making customers happy makes them more money, so the faster they repair that feature the better.
Another important feature they've worked on fixing in version 1.3.0 for iOS is the battery saver mode. This applies specifically to iPhones that have been drained of their battery rather quickly while playing Pokemon Go. In fact, one of the earliest complaints about the game was how quickly the battery drains for iPhones. Niantic Labs has finally addressed this issue to make the functionality of the app more optimized for Apple's smart devices.
With the battery saving and tracking issues addressed, some of the major problems that have been plaguing Pokemon Go since launch will have been resolved in the update. That doesn't mean that Niantic Labs is clean and clear out of the water, it just means that there's fewer hurdles impeding gamers from enjoying the Pokemon Go experience.
Niantic Labs has some big plans for the game in the form of PvP, team battles, special events and more. They didn't offer a timetable on when these things will be implemented, but they're just getting started with Pokemon Go.