Pokemon GO Gets Another Update, Testing New “Sighting” Functionality

on August 8, 2016 11:54 PM

It seems Niantic has taken their first steps in remedying fan concerns over the lack of tracking. In Pokemon GO‘s latest update (available now), the mobile developer has added a similar system — “Sightings” — with some visual enhancements. According to Redditor AlbelTelWicked, the new system scans every 10 seconds showing the nearest Pokemon to you within 200 meters (700 feet).

This isn’t the only notable addition — Niantic has also fixed the Pokeball throwing experience glitch, which will now stack experience based on the quality of your throw. Lastly, players will be able to change their username once (Editors Note: Pokemon GO got the feature before PlayStation, but that’s neither here nor there) so those dissatisfied can make a change in their pick. Check out the full list of changes below:


Android (Version 0.33.0):

  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed; Trainers will have to indicate they aren’t the driver
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature
  • Other fixes

Apple (Version 1.3.0):

  • 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 experience bonuses
  • Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode and re-enabled this 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.
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Lou Contaldi is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers, specializing in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.