Pokémon Go Plus accessory won't arrive until September

Nintendo UK has announced that the Pokémon Go Plus accessory won't be arriving until September. The company confirmed the delay in a Twitter response, thanking trainers for their patience. The small device can be deployed by players for $34.99 to help them detect and catch Pokémon.

The accessory aids players in slinging Pokéballs at virtual Pokémon as they head out the front door and explore their surroundings.

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The device itself connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth, which should help those playing to be alert when creatures are near without having to pull out their phone every few seconds to check.

Rich Edmonds
  • Good, it will give them time to iron out the issues in the Android version!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • More like iron out the issues with both versions of the app, as the issues are the same for Android and iOS.
  • I heard it not coming early because Android was behind on pokemon Go development Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • That's a foolish move on their part, Android downloads are now the majority of Pokémon users since it's rolled out to multiple countries besides the US.
  • That's a shame. If someone could make a pebble or wear app with the functionality they could probably make a killing. Then maybe get sued... Posted via the Android Central App
  • There are a couple that already exist (not sure how long Niantic will keep this API open though): https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • Yes! PokéDetector works fantastically when paired with an android wear device. Now I just wish there were better Pokémon around here to catch.
  • What's the point of it? I honestly want to know. Unlike a Pokémon go plus, you still have to use your phone to interact with stuff... And your phone vibrates when there are Pokémon near anyway. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The phone only vibrates when the app is open. This lets you do other stuff on your phone too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ah! So it's independent of the game? That actually is very useful (although still no plus rival), thanks! I'll download it at some point... No Pokéballs at the moment so I'd just be torturing myself. Hopefully they'll add a background option of some kind natively. It's bad enough having to have it open to hatch eggs, but when the plus is released it'll make even less sense to have it constantly burning battery. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly, it runs completely independent of the game and just checks for nearby Pokémon on a schedule you choose, from once every 15 seconds to once every 30 minutes. The Pokémon Go app doesn't even need to be open in recent apps for it to work. The best part is that it sends the notifications directly to a smartwatch so you don't even need to have your phone out. So far it has worked perfectly for me. The process goes something like this... Get notification of nearby desirable Pokémon on watch. Pull out phone and launch Pokémon Go app. Catch Pokémon, do a little dance, close app, go back about my day.
  • Wow that is cool. Need one for the Samsung gear devices though
  • So the wearable that'll hopefully track more of our coveted distance and make egg hatching easier doesn't arrive until the fall when the kiddies are back in class? Oh. Darn.
  • Ara,
    More for me and you.
    Now watch those eBay prices skyrocket even more. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, When you put it like that... In honesty though all those tiny little jam covered people won't stop us playing, this would just get us away from them faster! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This won't last as long as everyone thinks it will....
  • Depends what you mean. It won't sustain the level of interest it has now obviously, but I suspect it'll be around with a good number of players for a long time. Even if it's not, who cares? Might as well enjoy it while it lasts rather than worrying about how long it'll be around. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have no doubt there will be players for a while but now there is a podcast for this and products and apps and it seems people seem sure of this apps relevance for months to come.
  • Winter will slow this app down :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • It will come to a screeching halt
  • I play it with my kids and I agree. Pokémon meet brick wall. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Already fading. I live in a rural area and I've only seen 3 people playing it in the last week. Verses the dozens in one day I saw previously. While running some errands this last weekend , I did an informal survey of the 4 large towns around me. Only saw 2 teenagers at a 1 pokestop. Outside of big cities I think it's going to die very quickly the next week or so.
  • They really should have pushed hard to have this device ready to go when the game first came out, or at least very shortly after. I have a feeling that the intense interest that this game is currently enjoying it going to have mostly fizzled out by the time this device is actually available. Not saying there won't still be a lot of people playing the game in September, but due to the extreme hype currently surrounding it they could have probably easily sold millions of these things in just a few weeks. The problem is that people have short attention spans and I will honestly be surprised if in September once all of the hype and novelty has worn off, there are still 10% of the current number of people left playing the game. This device could have been an absolute gold mine for them if they had just timed the release right, but I think they missed big in delaying it.
  • Yep
  • Nope. Pokémon has been around for over 20 years now. It's not Flappy Bird. People are nuts for it. The casual users will drop off here shortly but it has serious staying power with the fans Posted via the Android Central App
  • So there must be some specific forums/sites truly dedicated to it, right? Where you can find discussions about the latest gadgets, updates, tricks or even cheats. If one is seriously into it, I imagine they already know all about it.
    Can we NOT seeing any more of this unless there is NOTHING else going in the Android world (hard to imagine that!)?
    But hey, AA can post more till their faces turn blue, red, and white. Free country after all (sic!)
  • There are tons, but they don't make mobile nations any money, and the people playing on their android phones aren't necessarily these same people. There's lots of new fans. And you actually want news to only be about the most "exciting" subject (to you, at least) of the day? That's the whole problem with modern news in a nutshell! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh I'm not disagreeing with that. I'm playing it and loving it, and I can see me still playing it long after the novelty has worn off for most people. However I still think there is just a disproportionally huge number of casual gamers caught up in the fad right now. So because of that, right now at the height of the game's hype would have been the perfect time to sell this thing. Even the people who will eventually give up on the game in a few months would have happily plunked down a few bucks for this thing today. I'm not saying at all that they won't do well selling these, but I still have no doubt that if they had planned the release better and anticipated the demand they could have made an absolute killing. All I'm saying is that from a business standpoint a September release is going to hurt them. Already people are finding alternatives that work almost as well, like the PokéDetector app. For what it's worth that 10% number is just a number I pulled out of thin air but it feels about right. Still if you consider just how many people are playing this right now even if only 10% of those players keep playing it regularly that is still millions of people playing.
  • You're right that 10% is still a crap ton of users. It just feels like a low % to me. That crap is addictive and is hitting a very wide demographic. It could end up being a grind for rural folks that have few stops nearby. And there doesn't seem to be much of an endgame so far. But they will be very invested in updating this cash cow. Some new stuff like breeding, trading, more advanced fighting, etc could keep this big for a couple years IMO. Or they could try to monetize stops too fast and kill the golden goose, but the potential is there Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh, and you're totally right about them missing out on selling a bunch of the detector things. Gotta strike quickly, tho that's much easier with software. Hope they're still focused on their massive server issues Posted via the Android Central App
  • Another battery killer on top of the battery killing app lol.
  • Wouldn't want to have a s6 to play this game, that's for sure.
  • Will this game be a thing then? I'm sure most people will have moved on. It's already losing traction. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I liked Digimon better....... Omg there's a Gengar in my living room! Or is it a Venasure Posted via the Android Central App