Niantic has released a new update for Pokémon GO bringing the popular mobile game up to version 0.33.0 for Android and 1.3.0 for iOS devices. Of course, those are just a number. For many of you, the primary concern is what’s new with the update. Well, a lot actually.
For starters, Niantic continues to tweak the “Nearby Pokémon” feature, which was actually disabled in the last update. The “Nearby” feature has now been changed into “Sightings,” which Niantic says it is testing with a subset of users. It will now point out Pokémon that have been sighted in the area, instead of the vague and difficult-to-understand “three steps” tracking mechanic. Hard to tell if this is an improvement, as it still doesn’t give you any clue as to which direction to head.
Additionally, Niantic continues to combat the ever dangerous driving while Pokémon GOing. The update continues to urge players not to play and drive, now issuing a warning message if you are traveling over a certain speed. The game will now warn you that “You’re going too fast!” and in order to continue playing you’ll have to tap a button to say you are a passenger and not the driver. Of course, people will lie.
Other changes include improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw, bug fixes, and more. Check out the full patch notes for Pokémon GO’s latest update 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