Summary of the Newest Pokémon GO Update

A More Popular Update This Time Around

Niantic labs has suffered some criticism for the state of their game – Pokémon GO – recently, with a large backlash from fans over the broken system for finding Pokémon, combined with Niantic shutting down fan-made applications to help players find Pokémon.

It seems that Niantic may be beginning to fix the issues, however, as the latest update brought about a complete change to the User Interface when searching for Pokémon.  Instead of the “Nearby Pokémon” function that originally showed Pokémon at a range of one to three “steps” (but then glitched and became essentially useless), there is now a “Sightings” tab.  It doesn’t directly tell you how far away they are, but it only shows Pokémon that are MUCH closer to you.  No longer will you look down at your phone and think “Gee, I sure am glad to know that there’s a Bulbasaur somewhere in the tri-state area.”

Also, in our own experiments with the feature, it seems to update better and provide much more reliable data than the old feature.  For example, members of our team could be standing right next to each other and have very different “Nearby Pokémon” listed, and we would often run right into Pokémon that never showed up on our “radar,” so to speak, while not seeming to find the ones that did.  Also, we were never sure how well our location data was syncing with the data we were receiving from “Nearby Pokémon,” as it seemed to update unevenly.  This new system is much more reliable.  When two of us stand next to each other, we actually see the same Pokémon “sightings” now, and the data about nearby Pokémon seems to be updating faster.

In any case, it doesn’t seem like Niantic is slowing down at all, and they promise that they are continually improving and revising their system.

Are you enjoying the new update?  Let us know in the comments below!

Here are the patch notes from the official website:


Pokémon GO has been updated to version 0.33.0 for Android and 1.3.0 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • 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

We hope you enjoy this new version and please share your feedback!


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