New Update for Pokémon Go: Users are Upset

New update for Pokémon Go

Many Pokémon Go users are complaining about the recent updates and some known glitches in the game. The creators were keen to let users know that fixes and updates would coming soon. However, they did fail to mention they would also be removing key features from of the game completely. We will discuss the new update for Pokémon Go.

New Update for Pokémon Go

Features that were Removed


One of the key features of Pokémon Go is the tracking system users know as “Nearby”. This feature shows how close Pokémon are to your location. If a Pokémon had one or two “footprints” next to their icon, it would be closer than a Pokémon with three, which let some users track down Pokémon by playing “warmer/colder” until they ran across the creature. For other users, the game initially had a few glitches and would not work reliably for them. Since the launching of the game, Pokémon Go has been plagued with problems ranging from servers going down, bugs and crashes.

This recent update on July 31, 2016 left users baffled as to how to track down their prey. It remains unclear whether the order in which Pokémon display is either accurate or in realtime.

Battery Saver

Another key feature that seems to have been removed altogether with the new update for Pokémon Go is the battery saver. This is definitely not ideal for a power draining app. The settings option, which decreases the screen brightness when putting the phone down, had little difference in the battery guzzling game.

Many Pokémon Go users have also been reporting that phones would not come out of the dim power saving mode. Therefore, forcing some to either restart the game or even use their phones upside to wake the screen.

Software Developers Response

Niantic—the developer of the game—responded Tuesday to players frustrated with this key update to the viral hit and the Pokémon Go creator’s lack of responsiveness to growing concerns.

The software developers say they limited third-party services because the quality of the game experience suffered. They also say they are working to improve on the footprint tracking feature. The statement—which was posted on the Official Pokemon Go Facebook page, states:


As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.

– We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.

– We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an… interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).

We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.

Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.

The Pokémon GO team


These are just the basics of the new update for Pokémon Go. Many Pokémon Go users have taken to Twitter and Reddit to share their angst over the recent update. Pokémon Go now carries a rating of one-and-a-half stars on Apple’s App Store. Reviewers are citing the changes as well as Niantic failing to respond to complaints. With this recent statement from Niantic, hopefully there’s still some faith in the game left in fellow trainers hoping to keep exploring.

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