Update (Thu 18th Jun, 2020 01:30 BST): It looks like Niantic has had second thoughts about dropping support for older Android devices in its next update. This will now be postponed until it's collected more data. Here's the important post it made on its support page:
Important update (June 15, 2020): To investigate player concerns, we are now postponing this deprecation to a (TBD) future date. We'll be using this additional time to collect more data on impacted devices. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion caused, and will update in advance when we move forward with the deprecation.
Original Story (Fri 12th Jun, 2020 01:30 BST): Niantic has revealed the August update for its augmented reality mobile game Pokémon GO will end support for 32-bit Android devices. The reason behind this is so that it can "streamline" development and focus resources on newer operating systems.
64-bit Android devices and iOS users will not be affected, and won't have to take any action. Here are some examples of Android phones that will no longer be able to run GO:
- Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, J2, J3
- Sony Xperia Z2, Z3
- Motorola Moto G (1st gen), Nexus 6
- LG Fortune, Tribute
- OnePlus One
- HTC One (M8)
- ZTE Overture 3
If you're unsure whether your Android device is 32-bit or 64-bit, check with your device manufacturer. Most Android phones manufactured before 2015 are 32-bit. If your device has at least 4GB of RAM, it is highly likely that your device is a 64-bit model.
Obviously, once this update is released, affected trainers will no longer be able to access the game, their accounts, their PokéCoins, or items in their Item Bag. For more information about this, visit the official GO help page.
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