Posted August 10, 2016 by Joseph Rositano in Feature

Pokemon Go update arrives, tests new “nearby” feature

On Tuesday morning Niantic released a new updated for Pokemon Go on the Apple and Google Play Stores.

Bringing the iOS and Android versions to 1.3.0 and 0.33.0, respectively, the update fixes a number of bugs for the app. Notably, the Battery Saving mode has returned for the iOS version and there have been accuracy improvements for curveball throws.

The patch notes also indicate that an improved “nearby Pokemon” feature is being tested with a select group of users. The folks at Eurogamer have uncovered images of the feature in action, with Pokemon now displaying a picture of a landmark they are close. There is also a more prominent icon placed on the map screen indicating their location. It is currently unconfirmed when the feature will be rolled out to all users.

Pokemon Go Nearby Feature


Here is the complete list of patch notes:

  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing.
  • Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses.
  • Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons.
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time. Please choose your new nickname wisely.
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature.
  • Added visuals of Team Leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark.
  • We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
  • Minor text fixes

Joseph Rositano

While Joseph's main hobby has always centered around video games, he's also taken an interest in movies, musicals and traveling around the world. No one quite knows what Joseph's true motivations are, but rest assured he is always planning his next grand adventure!


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