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New 'Pokemon Go' Update Adds Driving Warning, Changes 'Nearby' Into 'Sightings'

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Niantic has today updated Pokemon Go to version 1.3, bringing several improvements, tweaks and fixes to the game. The main addition is a dialogue option for users who may be playing while driving, while the "Nearby" feature has been transformed into "Sightings" as the developer continues work on testing a new tracking system.


If players are going over a certain speed, the game will now warn them that they're moving too fast. To continue playing, users have to click a button that tells the app that they're a passenger and not a driver. Throws have also seen improvements, with the curve ball throw receiving accuracy adjustments while the "Nice," "Great" and "Excellent" throws now receive the appropriate experience from the game.

The game's "Nearby" feature has also been changed into "Sightings." The new feature, which Niantic says it is testing with a subset of users, points out Pokemon that have been sighted in the area. Behind illustrations of nearby Pokemon are illustrations of grass. Unlike before, tapping on a singular Pokemon does focus on a single Pokemon. In last week's Pokemon Go update, Niantic disabled the vague and difficult-to-understand "three steps" tracking mechanic.

Other minor changes and fixes include art for the Mystic, Insight and Valor team leaders , the ability to change a user's nickname, a fix for achievements that were showing incorrect medal icons and a fixed and re-enabled battery saver mode.

Pokemon Go is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Niantic has today updated Pokemon Go to version 1.3, bringing several improvements, tweaks and fixes to the game. The main addition is a dialogue option for users who may be playing while driving, while the "Nearby" feature has been transformed into "Sightings" as the developer continues work on testing a new tracking system.


If players are going over a certain speed, the game will now warn them that they're moving too fast. To continue playing, users have to click a button that tells the app that they're a passenger and not a driver. Throws have also seen improvements, with the curve ball throw receiving accuracy adjustments while the "Nice," "Great" and "Excellent" throws now receive the appropriate experience from the game.

The game's "Nearby" feature has also been changed into "Sightings." The new feature, which Niantic says it is testing with a subset of users, points out Pokemon that have been sighted in the area. Behind illustrations of nearby Pokemon are illustrations of grass. Unlike before, tapping on a singular Pokemon does focus on a single Pokemon. In last week's Pokemon Go update, Niantic disabled the vague and difficult-to-understand "three steps" tracking mechanic.

Other minor changes and fixes include art for the Mystic, Insight and Valor team leaders , the ability to change a user's nickname, a fix for achievements that were showing incorrect medal icons and a fixed and re-enabled battery saver mode.

Pokemon Go is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: New 'Pokemon Go' Update Adds Driving Warning, Changes 'Nearby' Into 'Sightings'



Guess I won't be updating the app.. enough warnings already , if you aren't skilled enough to play and drive at 20 mph.. don't play haha
 
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joueboy

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I've noticed a significant drop on number of people playing Pokémon in my town. I haven't played this one too for awhile now. One reason is because including my friend already cheating using bot and fake GPS. Another although it's already improved is the experience that constantly freezing. I believe that the trend will continue to go down and leave some of the loyal fans. Maybe I'll just continue to catch once in awhile if I remember. I wish there's another way to fight other than going to the gym and also a better experience of fighting as well.
 

Shirasaki

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Walking while keeping your eyesight out of surroundings is equivalent to walking blindly. This is not just dangerous.
Everyone should stop playing Pokemon go in major city centres and urban Areas where private properties reside.
 
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Sunny1990

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So many people went into trouble due to this game and so many stopped playing this game around me.i think the craze of this game is went down compared to as it was on its launch
 
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smacrumon

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Glad they put this warning in the app. Surprisingly some idiots in this world think eyes on the phone is more important than eyes on the road when driving. Go team, pull over safely and frolic in the fields.
 

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Walking while keeping your eyesight out of surroundings is equivalent to walking blindly. This is not just dangerous.
Everyone should stop playing Pokemon go in major city centres and urban Areas where private properties reside.

You can use audio and haptic feedback to alert you to the presence of pokemon, pokestops, and gyms.
This is specifically so you can play in a busy space without taking your eyes off of your surroundings.
Go to the convenience store, drop $5 on a set of ear buds, hook 'em over your ears and listen for the next target.
 
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jhfenton

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My kids got my wife and I playing this weekend while we were on vacation. The park near our hotel was full of Pokemon players. And tonight a park back at home was full of Pokemon players when my wife and I took our daughter over.

But since my middle-aged wife and I are now playing, the craze is clearly past its peak.
 

Swampthing

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Oh. You're bored. So the game's done, huh? wrong.

Just because you stop playing it doesn't mean anything at all. Maybe you are unaware Pokemon Go launched in 25 countries this past weekend, and if you've paid any attention to the news, the world is going absolutely crazy in many countries. China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Brazil, etc.

They just added literally millions to the player base... remember the world doesn't revolve around your likes or dislikes.
 

mejsric

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Anyone notice the game is taking a snapshot everytime you catch a pokemon, while camera as background of the pokemon you catch, it take a snapshot and slowly zooming the background.
 

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Sorry Niantic, but all my Pokémon hype is now aimed at Sun and Moon, which is about 3-3.5 months away. Bring on Alola!
That Exeggcutor tho... Haha. I know, those games can't come soon enough! I used to be addicted to Pokémon Shuffle too but the pay-to-win scheme was too obvious after some levels and dropped the game. Nothing like the real ones.
 

Speedy Dingo

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Oh. You're bored. So the game's done, huh? wrong.

Just because you stop playing it doesn't mean anything at all. Maybe you are unaware Pokemon Go launched in 25 countries this past weekend, and if you've paid any attention to the news, the world is going absolutely crazy in many countries. China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Brazil, etc.

They just added literally millions to the player base... remember the world doesn't revolve around your likes or dislikes.
Yeah I love how some people on these forums have stopped playing (or just didn't like it to begin with) and say the app is now on the "decline" apparently. Never mind that it just launched in other countries around the world, so if you've stopped playing it or just hate it, don't worry your petty little heads about millions of people still enjoying it.

This seems fitting. https://instagram.com/p/BI3KbbSDI4F/
 

weave

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Just because you stop playing it doesn't mean anything at all.

True -- but the cheating is really discouraging a lot of players. The gym situation is ridiculous. In my small town, every gym is a yellow gym held by about 5 level 30 players who somehow have multiple ~3000 Dragonites,

I've just abandoned that part of the game....
 

Cineplex

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Anyone notice the game is taking a snapshot everytime you catch a pokemon, while camera as background of the pokemon you catch, it take a snapshot and slowly zooming the background.

Pokémon Go is made by Niantic. Nantic's CEO is John Hanke, who is also the CEO of a company called Keyhole, that makes geospatial data visualization product and gets its money from In-Q-Tel to do it, which is a non-profit that keeps the CIA well equipt. Still think its a game?
 

C DM

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Pokémon Go is made by Niantic. Nantic's CEO is John Hanke, who is also the CEO of a company called Keyhole, that makes geospatial data visualization product and gets its money from In-Q-Tel to do it, which is a non-profit that keeps the CIA well equipt. Still think its a game?
The Internet is essentially built upon a network originally designed by and for the military-industrial complex...and here we are...
 
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