Pokémon GO Update! New Buddy Pokémon System and more (9-11-16)!


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    Early this morning, Niantic Labs announced the roll-out of the new version of Pokemon Go for Android (0.37.0) and iOS (1.7.0).


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    Key features of this update include:

    Buddy Pokémon – Snorlax (Source:
    Buddy Pokémon – Snorlax (Source:

    • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers  will  be able to pick your favorite Pokémon from your collection as your ‘buddy’ which enable to you gain Candy by walking certain distance. Maybe chose a Pokémon which you need more candies for as your buddy. (Magikarp, I choose you!)
    • User Interface and Performance Fixes:
      • 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


    Niantic Labs emphasized their goal to eliminate bots and scrappers from scrapers from Pokémon GO. Thus, in their developer release notes, they included that rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO app. If you use a rooted or jailbroken device, we recommend not to update your version. This however will make some features might not work smoothly.

    Roll-out of the update starts today, expect the update would be available in Google Play and App Store within one to three days (similar roll-out time with the last update).


    Want more Pokémon GO stories? Check out our past articles:

    ‘Buddy Pokémon’ – Newest Feature coming to Pokémon GO

    Details on the New Pokémon GO Update (8-22-16)!

    [Open Letter to Niantic Labs] Why Pokémon GO must launch in the Philippines SOON

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    Michelle Santos
    Contributor in Ungeek. A fan of Euro boardgames. Believes that "dessert" is considered a separate meal, and prefers tea over coffee. Nowadays, a good sleep is a rare, and a valuable necessity.


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