Pokemon Go Updated, as Dev Teases "Exciting Features and Changes"

What new features would you like to see?


Niantic has updated Pokemon Go on iOS and Android, though fans shouldn't expect any big changes.

As detailed on the Pokemon Go website, iOS update 1.9.0 and Android update 0.39.0 make changes to things like capture location display and Pokemon Go Plus functionality with incense. There are also "minor" bug fixes in the update, though these were not specified. The patch notes are below.

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Interestingly, Niantic also teased that there are some "exciting features and changes coming soon," though no further details were shared. One of the biggest new features for Pokemon Go was its buddy system, which launched last week, alongside the Pokemon Go Plus accessory.

Pokemon Go Update Notes:

  • Capture location: The location where a Pokemon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen.
  • Pokemon Go Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokemon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokemon Go Plus accessory.
  • Minor bug fixes

Earlier this week, the CEO of The Pokemon Company teased a multiplayer battle mode for Pokemon Go, though it's not clear if that's one of the "exciting features" referenced above.

Pokemon Go launched in July and took the world by storm--it's reached a staggering 500 million downloads. Even The Pokemon Company was not expecting it to be such a hit, as CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara said the reaction was "10 times or even 100 times bigger than we expected." The game has also led to significant increases in Pokemon game and trading card sales.

What new features would you like to see added to Pokemon Go? Let us know in the comments below.

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