Pokémon GO Update Adds New “Nearby” Tracker System

Pokémon GO Update Adds New “Nearby” Tracker System

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While Pokémon GO continues to be a global hit among smartphone users, the community are still unhappy with the post-launch support and how developer Niantic responds to the communities critique of the augmented reality game.

Things took a turn in the right direction on Monday, as the developer rolled out an update for Pokémon GO that introduces a new “nearby” tracking feature.

The previous “Nearby” tracking system was broke a mere two or three days after the game’s launch, only to see change over a month since its release. The system was meant to make finding Pokémon easier by using a footprint feature, the fewer footprints the closer you were to the Pokémon.

The new update came with a changelog that mentioned the new system, which eventually made its way onto Twitter.

Only a subset of users availing of the update will notice two new sections, “nearby” and “sightings”.

“Nearby” Pokémon are usually found near PokéStops. Tapping one will cause the map to zoom out and give you an idea which direction to head and can be found usually around a block from the particular PokéStop. A circle also surrounds a PokéStop so the player knows the maximum area of which the Pokémon can be found in.

The “Sightings” section works slightly different and shows only grass behind an image of the Pokémon. When pressed it does nothing, so all you have to go on is that it’s nowhere near a PokéStop and currently in the wild.

Check out the update notes below:

Android

  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed; Trainers will have to indicate they aren’t the driver
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature
  • Other fixes

iOS

  • 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 experience bonuses
  • Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode and re-enabled this 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

Undocumented Changes

  • Sightings feature renamed. Grass added.
  • Major Text Changes

It’s worth noting that the update is more of a test and the features packed in could change drastically before becoming available to the entire Pokémon GO player base.

Are you happy Niantic are trying to fix the issues with their tracking system? Let us know in the comments below.

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