Another week, another Pokémon GO update. The last update wasn't too popular with fans, as it introduced nearly as many bugs as it fixed and it got rid of the three step tracking. That last part wouldn't have been too bad, but Niantic also made sure to shut down every third party tracking service it could, effectively removing any means of accurately hunting down specific Pokémon. Now, another update has gone live for the game, and this one seems to be better than the last.
Most notably, the Nearby Pokémon tab has been replaced by a Sightings tab that seems to show how close or far certain Pokémon are from you. Otherwise, you can now change your trainer nickname once, the battery saver mode has been brought back, and various bug fixes were implemented. Here are the full patch notes:
- 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 XP bonuses.
- Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons.
- Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time. Please choose your new nickname wisely.
- Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the 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
What do you think? Are you happy with the changes this update made? What changes do you want to see in the future? Share your thoughts the comments below.