Pokemon Go Stories September 17, 2019

After Hours: ‘Peacock’ will be the new home of ‘The Office,’ Pokemon Go gets updated, more

Alongside new images of the OnePlus 7T, an exclusive report about Google’s next Wi-Fi system, and more, news today included details about NBC’s new streaming service “Peacock” and more.

Pokemon Go Stories August 7, 2019

Pokemon Go now works on Android Q Beta w/ latest update

Android’s beta programs always break a few things, and Niantic’s popular apps rarely work on the updated versions. Pokemon Go players have been asking about the game working on Android Q for quite some time, and we’re happy to report that it’s finally working.

Pokemon Go Stories June 18, 2019

Pokemon Go and Ingress will drop support for Android KitKat on July 1st

According to a tweet from Niantic, the huge hit Pokemon Go as well as Ingress are both dropping support for Android KitKat in just a couple of weeks.

Pokemon Go Stories October 17, 2018

New Pokémon added to Pokémon GO – but you may need to hop a plane to catch some

New Pokémon are starting to appear in Pokémon GO, imported from the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum games, but you may have to travel to find some of them …

Pokemon Go Stories October 11, 2018

Pokémon GO AR+ comes to ARCore Android devices for more realistic gameplay

While the fervor around Pokémon GO has decreased since its 2016 debut, the game still has a solid following and is continuously adding new features. The latest is an enhanced AR+ mode on Android that takes advantage of ARCore for a more realistic experience.

Pokemon Go Stories June 28, 2018

Pokémon GO developers opening ‘Real World’ AR engine for other game makers

The developer behind Pokémon GO, Niantic Labs, is looking to open its platform to third-party developers. Specifically, it’s looking to open up its underlying AR platform to let developers create a similar experience within its own apps.

Pokemon Go Stories May 9, 2018

Niantic CEO John Hanke said that Pokémon GO players will help create a 3D map of the world that can be used to enhance the game and assist in the development of new augmented reality apps …

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Pokemon Go Stories April 2, 2018

Niantic settles class action lawsuit for failed Pokémon GO festival for $1.5M

The first ever Pokémon GO Fest, held in Chicago last July, turned into a complete flop. Inadequate cellular coverage meant that many couldn’t get online at all, and for those who could, server problems meant that many still couldn’t play …

Pokemon Go Stories March 16, 2018

You’ll soon be able to login to Pokémon GO with your Facebook & Google accounts

Niantic is keen to ensure you never get locked out of your Pokémon GO account, now rolling out the option to login using Facebook or Google as well as your Pokémon Trainer Club account …

Pokemon Go Stories January 12, 2018

Niantic is still cracking away at its AR-hit game Pokémon GO with a new series of events called Community Day. These events will be scheduled once a month around the world and aim to bring Trainers, or Pokémon GO players, together with special perks.

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Pokemon Go Stories November 21, 2017

Pokémon Go players catch over 500M Pokémon in first two days of week-long challenge

Niantic has announced that over 500 million Pokémon have been caught during the first two days of a week-long Global Catch Challenge. The achievement unlocked the first set of rewards to everyone participating …

Pokemon Go Stories November 8, 2017

[Update: we do have confirmation from Niantic this game is currently in development.]

Niantic is now famous for one of the highest grossing mobile games of all time with Pokémon GO. But what is next for the developer? Niantic seems to have set its sights on yet another enormous fan base with plans for a Harry Potter mobile augmented reality game.

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Pokemon Go Stories October 12, 2017

Niantic invites you to get artistic with Pokémon Go AR photo contest

If you can not only capture Pokémon but also artistic photographs of them, Niantic is inviting you to submit your photos in a competition held on Instagram …

Pokemon Go Stories September 8, 2017

Playing Pokémon GO good for both physical and mental health, say studies

Two separate academic reports suggest that playing Pokémon GO can be good for both physical and mental health (provided that you manage to avoid car crashes and stay away from landmines).

Pokemon Go Stories August 14, 2017

Snapchat Pokémon update lets you pose as Pikachu, Pokémon Go adds Mewtwo w/ Exclusive Raid Battles

The Pokémon Company International has teamed up with Snapchat to launch a new Pikachu Lens available now for a limited time, the company announced today. The Pokemon Go app is also getting an update with new features and characters.

Pokemon Go Stories July 26, 2017

Niantic blames carriers for Chicago GO Fest failure; says other festivals will go ahead

After Niantic’s Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago turned into something of a disaster – with many attendees unable to use the game at all, and others unable to login or suffering crashes – the company has laid most of the blame at the feet of carriers …

Pokemon Go Stories July 14, 2017

Ring accessory for Pokémon GO Plus arriving in Japan tomorrow

As this summer marks the one-year anniversary of Pokémon GO, we’ve seen lots of updates running up to the first official live event taking place in Chicago on July 22. Now, a new accessory for the Pokémon GO Plus will reportedly arrive tomorrow…

Pokemon Go Stories July 12, 2017

Pokémon GO Fest details announced alongside more real-world events across Europe

On the heels of a Pokémon GO update last week which included a special Pikachu, and other limited time items, the Pokémon GO team has announced details about the first official live event in Chicago on July 22.

Pokemon Go Stories July 6, 2017

Pokémon GO anniversary celebration continues with special Pikachu, limited time items, more

Pokémon GO has been updated today with new features including a special Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat, a limited time Anniversary box, and more as Niantic and The Pokémon Company continue to celebrate the game’s one year anniversary.

Pokemon Go Stories June 22, 2017

Redditors make fun suggestions as Niantic announces vague anti-cheating measures for Pokémon Go

Redditors are having fun after Niantic announced new measures to deter cheating in Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go Stories June 19, 2017

As the second year of Pokémon Go arrives, Niantic has detailed major changes to the gameplay centered around how gyms and gym battles work. Gyms will soon work like PokéStops and include exclusive items, badges, and more while battling is getting more advanced with new social features coming.

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Pokemon Go Stories June 16, 2017

A two-sentence notice on Niantic’s support website hints at a major update to Pokémon Go.

Heads Up: Gyms will soon be closing temporarily for remodeling. Any Pokémon you’ve assigned to Gyms will be returned to you at that time.

While that might not seem much of a clue, it is when viewed in context …

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Pokemon Go Stories May 11, 2017

Russian blogger gets 3.5 years prison (suspended) for video of playing Pokémon Go in a church

A Russian blogger who posted a video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a church has been convicted of insulting religious believers and inciting hatred. Ruslan Sokolovsky was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, but the judge suspended the sentence …

Pokemon Go Stories May 4, 2017

Niantic, developer of popular augmented reality games Pokémon Go and Ingress, plans to host community events for players in public spaces around the U.S. through a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The company announced the project today, with the first event set to kick off this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Pokemon Go Stories March 22, 2017

Pokémon GO launches in-game Water Festival event w/ increased encounters for Water-type Pokémon & more

Pokémon GO developers Niantic today announced the latest upcoming in-game event for the title with the Pokémon GO Water Festival scheduled to kick off today, March 22.

During the event, players will have increased opportunities to catch water-type Pokémon, which the developers note includes “Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile and their evolutions around the world,” among others:

Pokemon Go Stories February 8, 2017

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If there’s a holiday on the calendar, you can almost guarantee Pokémon Go will have an in-app event to promote the game. With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, Niantic announced today a special Valentine’s Day-themed event for trainers kicking off today through next week.

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Pokemon Go Stories December 23, 2016

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Pokémon Go recently introduced second-generation characters to the mobile game through egg hatching, and now an in-game event starting Christmas morning will make acquiring those new Pokémon much easier. Pokémon Go is also doing an in-game event starting on New Year’s Eve to increase your chances of catching starter Pokémon…

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Pokemon Go Stories December 7, 2016

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Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint to turn businesses into PokéStops and Gyms as part of Niantic’s latest move to keep players in the game. The news comes just one day before Starbucks is expected to do the same while introducing a Pokémon Go-themed drink for trainers. Niantic has also teased out when we might start seeing new monsters appear in the game.

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Pokemon Go Stories November 23, 2016

Pokémon Go rolls out revised ‘Nearby’ tracker in parts of the US & Canada, all of Australia

Pokémon Go’s popularity has significantly dropped since its summer release. Most updates have been minor, with Niantic hosting several in-game events that let players collect more points. While a ‘Nearby’ feature has been highly requested, the current revision that’s now seeing a wider rollout has also been significantly curbed.

Pokemon Go Stories November 21, 2016

Pokémon Go hosting latest in-game event during Thanksgiving week, action bonuses starting November 23

Pokémon Go was a phenomenal hit over the summer when the app first launched on smartphones, but players have needed new reasons to keep playing the AR-based game after the initial hype calmed down. Hosting in-game events that reward players has been one strategy used to recreate the excitement, and this week Pokémon Go will see it’s second-ever holiday-themed event.

Pokemon Go Stories November 7, 2016

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Niantic has today released a new update for Pokémon Go on both iOS and Android, bringing with it a handful of new features and capabilities. On Android the update brings the app to version 0.450, while the iOS update bumps it to 1.15.0…

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Pokemon Go Stories October 24, 2016

Pokemon GO Halloween

Pokémon GO is the augmented reality game that got thousands of people around the world off of their couches and out of their homes. Unfortunately, after the game reached its peak popularity over the summer, the number of people still playing has started to dwindle.

For those who are still playing the game, however, Niantic Labs has announced that from October 26 through November 1 there will be additional “treats” to celebrate Halloween…

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Pokemon Go Stories September 17, 2016

Pokémon Go Plus tracks distance in the background, counts towards hatching Eggs

The Pokémon Go Plus finally launched this week with a previously unknown feature that makes the $35 accessory infinitely more useful to gameplay. Its new ability to track distance in the background means that users don’t have to keep the app open to hatch Eggs or gain Candy with Buddy Pokémon.

Pokemon Go Stories September 10, 2016

Pokémon Go update adds Candy-awarding ‘Buddy’ feature, rooted/jailbroken devices officially unsupported

Announced last Friday, the latest version of Pokémon Go with the new Buddy feature is rolling out now. Version 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS also includes fixes for many common bugs and support for the Pokémon Go Plus accessory launching next week.

Pokemon Go Stories September 8, 2016

Pokémon GO Plus accessory to be available on September 16

After unveiling an Apple Watch version of the widely popular AR mobile game at Apple’s iPhone event, Niantic Labs has now announced on the Pokémon GO blog that the physical companion accessory, the Pokémon GO Plus, will begin shipping out to fans on September 16.

Pokemon Go Stories September 4, 2016

You can now tell Google Maps when you’re playing Pokémon Go

With a simple April Fools’ game in Google Maps serving as the early predecessor of Pokémon Go, it’s only fitting that Maps recognizes the global gaming phenomenon. The mapping service’s Timeline feature now allows you to label an activity as “Catching Pokémon.”

Pokemon Go Stories September 2, 2016

Upcoming Pokémon Go update adds a virtual ‘Buddy’ that gives you in-game bonuses


Niantic has shared the first details about one of the “new and exciting” features coming to Pokémon Go. Similar to how characters in the television show have Pokémon that wander alongside them, you’ll soon have a Buddy Pokémon that explores the real world with you and provides bonuses.

Pokemon Go Stories August 23, 2016

Latest Pokémon Go update adds ‘Appraisal,’ promise of ‘new and exciting’ features

A report earlier suggested that Pokémon Go usage is in decline after a fever pitched launch two months ago. Direct battling and trading might spark a revival in the game, but so far Niantic is still focused on international expansion and stability. Version 1.5.0 on iOS and 0.35.0 on Android adds a new Pokémon appraisal feature, minor fixes, and the promise of new features.

Pokémon Go fever breaking as app analytics show that usage is on the decline

If you’re one of the people who’ve been watching in bemusement as half the planet seemed to be devoting their lives to catching fictitious characters on their smartphones, relief is at hand. New data from an investment company shows that Peak Pokémon Go appears to be behind us as four separate app metrics show the popularity of the game in decline.

Pokemon Go Stories August 9, 2016

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Yesterday’s Pokemon Go update brought news of a new “Nearby” tracker in testing with a “subset of users.” The removal of the original feature upset many players who consider location tracking to be a key element of the game. Some users have began to receive the new Nearby A/B test and screenshots show the feature to be vastly improved.

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Pokemon Go Stories August 8, 2016

Pokémon Go update allows users to change nicknames, replaces ‘Nearby’ with ‘Sightings’

Version 0.33.0 of Pokémon Go is rolling out on Android and brings a few minor features and fixes to the hit game. Most notably, users now have the ability to change their username once and a bug that prevented bonus XP from throws has been resolved.

Pokemon Go Stories July 30, 2016

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Pokemon Go has just received its first major update since launch. Version 0.31.0 for Android and 1.1.0 for iOS removes the broken footprint functionality, refreshes the UI, and allows avatar customization with more options after the initial sign-up. Besides bug fixes and optimizations, several Pokemon stats were also changed.

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Pokemon Go Stories July 27, 2016

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With its international rollout under way, Pokemon Go has reached 50 million downloads on Google Play this weekend. According to app firm Sensor Tower, it is the fastest game to exceed 50 million installs and is currently still the top free Android app. Also, while server issues and other bugs have died down, Nintendo is seemingly delaying the Pokemon Go Plus wearable accessory until September…

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Pokemon Go Stories July 18, 2016

Pokémon Go launch in France delayed ‘as a sign of respect’ following attack in Nice

While Pokémon Go has been successively rolled out to a growing number of countries, there’s one country that won’t be seeing it for a few days at least: France. In a brief statement, Niantic told IGN that the French launch would be delayed as a sign of respect following the terrorist attack in Nice.

As a sign of respect for the French people in this time of national mourning, the release of Pokemon Go is postponed. Our thoughts and prayers are with France and the victims affected by this terrible attack.

The game had originally been set to launch in France on Friday. It’s not known when it will now launch, but a possible reason for delaying it in response to the Nice attack is that there may be Pokémon to be collected on the Promenade des Anglais, where the tragedy took place.

Via CNET. Photo Colorimages.fr.

Pokemon Go Stories July 16, 2016

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Since its initial launch last week, the insanely popular Pokémon Go has gradually been rolling out to more countries. Most recently, the app launched in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Now, it has been announced that the title is available in 26 new countries across Europe.

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Pokemon Go Stories July 15, 2016

You can now use Yelp to find nearby PokeStops at restaurants and businesses

At this point it’s safe to say that Pokemon Go has pretty much everyone’s attention. Even though it hasn’t launched worldwide just yet, no one’s going to stop talking about it anytime soon. To benefit from the game’s popularity many businesses are using PokeStops to draw in customers, but even with signs outside and advertising on social media, many players don’t know exactly where to go to find them. Until now…

Pokemon Go Stories July 14, 2016

T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free, unlimited data (and a free Wendy’s Frosty)

T-Mobile has announced today that for its next T-Mobile Tuesday promotion, Pokemon Go players — in the wake of what has been no less than an explosive launch — will receive free, unlimited data for the mobile game. Set to take effect July 19th, the Un-carrier will give its customers a full year’s worth of data that won’t count against their high-speed plan…

Pokemon Go Stories July 13, 2016

Pokémon Go plans ‘sponsored locations’ as hit game drives traffic to stores

‘Pokéstops’ and ‘gyms’, the real-world points-of-interest players of the hit augmented reality game ‘Pokemon Go’ navigate to, will soon include “sponsored locations” promoted by advertisers, reports Financial Times.

“There is a second component to our business model at Niantic, which is this concept of sponsored locations”, Mr. Hanke said, where companies “pay us to be locations within the virtual game board — the premise being that it is an inducement that drives foot traffic.”

Some companies, like Best Buy, are already trying to tap into the foot traffic from the game before they can even pay to do so:

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