Earlier today, Pokemon GO launched on iOS and Android in Australia, bringing offices and classrooms to a standstill around the country. Unfortunately not all phones are created equal, and this means not all phones will run Pokemon GO. Already heartbroken fans are taking to Twitter and Facebook to express their disappointment. Is the mobile game of the year not working on your phone? Here's why.
Pokemon GO is an augmented-reality mobile video game that uses your phone’s camera and GPS to capture, battle, train, and trade virtual pets who appear in your surroundings. While Google Play will tell you if you phone is or isn't compatible, it probably won't tell you why. Here's the official list of supported devices from the developer's site:
•Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 (Android N will not supported until the official Android release) •Preferred resolution of 720x1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet) •Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G) •GPS and Location Services •Intel CPUs are not supported
•iPhone 5+ •iOS 8+ •Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G) •GPS and Location Services •Jailbroken devices are not supported
If you can download the app but it doesn't run properly, make sure both your GPS and internet (whether Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G) connection is strong. If you can't play for any other reason, check the list of known issues or report your bugs to Niantic at this link.