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iOS: If the kid doubling as a monster wrangler in your life is hooked on catching oddly-shaped fictional animals (or if you're addicted to the game yourself), you'd better hope they have got a recent phone on which to play their favourite game. Pokemon GO developer Niantic has announced an upcoming update that will incorporate Apple's ARKit, resulting in a more polished augmented reality experience, but bar devices unable to run iOS 11 from playing the game. Sorry, trainers.
Pokémon Go is in rapid decline. Since launching in July and soaring in popularity, it had lost at least a third of its daily users by the middle of August. By mid-September, daily revenues had fallen from US$16m per day to US$2m (excluding the 30% app store fee) and daily downloads had declined from a peak of 27 million to 700,000. So what happened?
Android: Over the weekend, Pokemon GO rolled out an update that will allow you to set one Pokemon as your buddy. Neat! It also stealthily blocks the game from anyone with root access. Not as neat. Here's how to get around this limitation and play anyway.
Pokemon GO fever might have died down a little, but it still remains the world's most popular and profitable mobile gaming app by a significant margin. If you're still trying to collect 'em all, this infographic provides some handy hunting tips for the rarest pocket monsters of the bunch.
If you're struggling to manage your monsters and items in Pokemon GO, you're not alone: the game's limited storage space has been causing headaches for countless players. This infographic contains plenty of tips and tricks for better inventory management: from keeping your bag limit in check to the items you should never trash.
If you want to be the greatest Pokemon trainer there ever was, you should know the strengths and weaknesses of not only your own Pokemon, but also of other Pokemon that you want to fight or tame. This cheatsheet from Pokemon Go Database lets you quickly reference how your own Pokemon measure up against others.
It's no secret that Pokemon GO destroys your battery, so it was weird when developer Niantic pulled the battery-saving feature from the iOS version last week. Thankfully, it's back now alongside the ability to change your nickname. There's also a new nearby feature that's being tested out for a small subset of users.
Third-party tracking websites like Pokevision are exceedingly popular with Pokemon GO players due to their ability to reveal the geo location of pokemon in real time. Over the past week, the game's creator Niantic has been systematically shutting down these applications with little to no explanation to outraged fans. In the face of mounting criticism, the company has finally released a statement explaining why these tracking sites are being blocked. Turns out it's all Brazil's fault.
If you're looking for a good real-time Pokemon GO map to replace the now defunct PokeVision, travel deals web site Skiplagged has just the ticket.
Niantic has been cracking down on a lot of the Pokemon GO maps out there, but there's been a lot of confusion about which, if any, still work. If you're in need of a poke-map, Poke Radar is still standing and working better than ever.