Pokémon Go Gets Major Update: Faster, No More Footprints And More
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Pokémon Go has been out for what seems like ages (in reality, it's only been a few weeks) yet already a major update has arrived. This offers fixes (and in some cases, removes) features and more to improve the mobile game.
The app is now faster thanks to bug fixes, lets you change your trainer look anywhere, has improved badge designs, plus the 'transfer Pokémon' button has been moved to stop you from accidentally transferring all your Pidgeots to Professor Willow. Furthermore, favourited Pokémon can no longer be transferred at the touch of an icon.
The Pokémon Go update has also ditched the broken footprint feature, as the tray which featured nearby Pokémon in the bottom right of the screen with paw prints to show how near or far they were has not been working. Pokémon Go maker Niantic said it was aware of this and has decided to get rid of it completely.
On iOS the Pokémon Go battery saving feature, that dimmed the screen when the phone was held by your side, has also been ditched. It was reportedly causing crashes. Since it remains on the Android version this will hopefully get a fix on iOS soon.
Safety has also been a focus of the update with a new warning at startup that points out the game should not be played while driving. Likely this has come from numerous Pokémon Go related traffic incidents in Japan and reports of mobile phone related crashes worldwide.
Many Pokéstops, such as the (quite ridiculous) one near the Washington DC Holocaust Museum, have also been removed following campaigns to get rid of them.
One last thing. If your app asks for a restart, don’t worry. All your data is saved - just be sure to log back into the same account.