Pokémon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.177.0 (Android) and Ver. 1.143.0 (iOS), and you can download it now.
The latest update for Niantic's augmented reality game comes with a range of tweaks, changes and improvements, including:
- Addition of a visual indicator (white rings around the Charge Moves) allowing players to see how many Charged Attacks they have charged in Raids and Trainer Battles
- Mystery Boxes can no longer be used at the same time as Incense
- Apple ID has been added as sign-in method on iOS
- GO Battle League ratings have been temporarily disabled
- Reality Blending feature added (Android-only – only available on supported devices)
Reality Blending is perhaps the most interesting new feature, as it will make the AR portions of the game even more immersive. This technique will allow real-world objects to become part of the game, giving monsters the chance to hide behind cover. You can see it in action in the video above.
The feature is exclusive to Android for now, and is limited to devices like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10, Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 4. More devices are expected to join the supported list in the future.
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This technology is already outdated. They are trying to attempt what Apple's LIDAR is doing. By the end of the year all new phones will have Lidar built-in.
Niantic has wasted the last 2 years doing all these occlusion technique research, with Lidar all apps will have real depth sensing capability.
Pokemon Home support when? Come on Niantic, Game Freak, you guys said it was coming, at least give us an update, a hint.
Or if it's not coming, at least tell us!
@Heavyarms55 I haven't got to grips with pokemon home but was looking at it the other day. Support for Go would be welcome.
Let's spend crazy amounts of processing power running trained algorithms that constantly compare video frames in order to guess which objects are closer.
This is only a necessity because smart phones haven't moved further than the input/output configuration of the first iPhone. After twelve years.
If you want to push AR, add proper depth-sensing to all back-facing smartphone cameras.
This is more than awesome.
Gotta say, that's a really good step forward
An interesting addition.
@NoTinderLife you could say what you’re saying. That it’s a waste of money / time or something.
Or you could say Niantic / Pokemon Company are trying to make the game better and AR more mainstream this way.
I like the addition, although it won’t work on my phone yet. But it’s better and it looks way nicer than what currently is included in Pokemon GO. I like that
The App still doesn't work on my iPod touch, as I don't own a smart phone, so don't play it
Seeing Pokémon like Absol and Mawile in the wild would be nice or at least as a seven day steak encounter. I need more Absol candies!
@Heavyarms55 That's what I'm waiting for as well. I'm not sure what the deal is with the complete radio silence on the option. Almost feels like it's off the table. And like you said, just say so if that is the case
@Bunkerneath .... dos it have a GPS? You need a GPS to play Pokémon Go
@UmbreonsPapa It would be a big bummer if they decided against it for some reason - but I'd still rather know. If for some reason it is coming but they can't give a date - they could at least give us some recognition that they are working on it. From what I can see - it's like they forgot about it.
@NoTinderLife other solutions may exist, but this is clearly viable, so I wouldn't consider it a waste at all.
It's actually not live at all.
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