A little while ago we told you that Buddy Pokémon had been confirmed for Pokémon GO; this allows you to pick your favourite 'mon to appear next to your Trainer's avatar, and will also bring some extra rewards.

Niantic has now confirmed that the update is going live around the world, so it should be a matter of time before version 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS are live on your copy.

The following list has been given to flesh out the changes.

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes.

Niantic also stated that it's still shutting down bots or services scraping data from the servers, reminding players to download the official version.

We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO.

Are you going to try out this Buddy Pokémon feature, or have you moved on from GO? Let us know in the comments.

[via pokemongolive.com]