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Pokémon Go updates: Everything you need to know

Pokémon Go updates aren't common, but they are a big deal. Here's what you need to know about each major one!

Update, December 12: Added information about version 0.49.1!

Version 0.49.1 - December 8

This is a fairly big update, because it sets in motion a bunch of workflow improvements and adds at-a-glance details for veteran players. Specifically, the ability to transfer more than one Pokémon at the same time saves a lot of energy when you have dozens of the same creature.

  • Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokémon.
  • Pokémon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.
  • The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy information screen.
  • The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokémon that has ever been your buddy.
  • Minor text fixes.

As of December 12, there are dozens of new Pokémon added to the game as well, including Raichu and a limited edition "holiday" Pikachu.

Version 0.45.0 - November 7

This is a fairly minor update, but some of the gameplay changes will be a bigger deal for daily players.

  • The first Pokémon catch and PokéStop visit each day will earn you bonus XP. There's a larger bonus for playing 7 days in a row!
  • Gym sniping is no longer possible, and if you take a gym down you'll be able to claim it right away.
  • Prestige balancing means you get less for training at a friendly gym and rival gyms are harder to take down.

Niantic has also added additional driving deterrents by making Nearby and Stops inaccessible while driving.

More: Pokémon Go just got a lot more tedious for power users

Version 0.43.3 - October 23

This minor update makes changes to the way eggs hatch, depending on how long you have to walk to access them.

  • Professor Willow discovered that Eggs have different patterns depending on the distance required to hatch them.
  • Pokémon type icons have been added to the information screen for each Pokémon.
  • Low battery indicator added for the Pokémon GO Plus.
  • Minor text fixes

Niantic Labs also points out that from October 26 to November 1, "you'll earn double the amount of Candy every time you catch, hatch and transfer Pokémon! Don't forget your Buddy Pokémon, because they will help you earn Candy four times as fast."

Version 0.41.3 - October 12

This update focuses on the Catch Bonus, which offers a bonus for catching more of a specific type of Pokémon.

  • Catch Bonus: Trainers can earn a catch bonus for a Pokémon type as they catch more of a specific type.
  • Updated Gym Training: Trainers can now bring six Pokémon to battle at friendly Gyms. The CP of the Pokémon you are battling may be temporarily adjusted lower for your training session.
  • Egg & Incubator Screens: These will periodically update the distance walked without the Trainer needing to close and reopen the screen.
  • Audio fixes
  • Decreased the evolution animation time
  • Minor fixes

Version 0.39.0 - September 24, 2016

This update focuses on Pokémon GO Plus improvements and bug fixes, with only one major feature added: the ability to check out whether your Pokémon was caught.

Here's the official change log:

  • Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen.
  • Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some users to get stuck on the loading screen, even after restarting the app.
  • Fixed a bug where the camera sometimes moved at slow speeds during battle.
  • Minor bug fixes

Version 0.37.0 - September 10, 2016

This update is all about Buddy Pokémon, allowing you to choose one Pokémon to be a "buddy," for which you will earn extra candy by walking certain distances. Think of it as an egg for existing, hatched Pokémon.

Niantic also says that it is focusing on "eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO," and that "rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO."

Here's the official change log:

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes.

Version 0.35.0 - August 23, 2016

Pokemon Go

This update introduced the Appraisal system, which allows players to ask their team leaders to analyze captured and evolved Pokémon to determine the best way to use it. This relies on the Individual Value of the Pokémon being analyzed, which will tell users whether their version of a Pokémon is good for attacking or defending Gyms.

Here's the official change log:

  • Implemented Pokémon Appraisal: Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon's attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle.
  • We are still working hard on several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokémon GO.
  • Minor bot fixes

It's unclear if Niantic has invited more users to try out the Nearby beta system that has been in place since the last update, but currently there is no way to request access.

More: How to check your Pokémon's stats with the new Appraise feature in Pokémon Go

Version 0.33.0 - August 8, 2016

This version introduces a number of new features, including the ability to rename your trainer once — so consider it carefully — and a warning when the game detects that you're moving in a vehicle, asking you to confirm that you are not actually driving while playing.

Here's the official change log:

  • 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
  • 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.

With this update, the game also introduces a change to the "Nearby Pokémon" box in the lower right of the screen, changing the wording to "Sightings", along with the graphics behind the Pokémon in your vicinity. While we're not sure how the new "Sightings" feature works just yet — and how different it is to the original "Nearby — we are exploring it and will update when we know more.

Version 0.31.0 — July 30, 2016

This version introduces a number of big changes to the game, including the contested removal of footprints for easily tracking nearby Pokémon. It also allows for the customization of Trainers after they have been outfitted, and introduces warnings to players against trespassing and playing the game dangerously.

  • Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
  • Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Modified battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updated Pokémon details screen
  • Updated achievement medal images
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes

Version 0.29.2 — July 13, 2016

This update fixes problems with Android Nougat Developer Preview users.

Version 0.29.1 — July 5, 2016

This is the original release for Android. Happy catchin'!

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

117 Comments
  • Jeez, and I was worried there wouldn't be anymore pokemon articles in the next few hours..Thanks for saving the day AC. Posted via the Pokemon Central App
  • Feel free to express your opinion, but know that by clicking on, then commenting upon articles you dislike you are increasing traffic and the perceived popularity of those topics in the eyes of advertisers. To them, your eyeballs matter not your feelings. And they pay the bills. If all the people that hate Pokemon articles ignored Pokemon articles there would be far fewer Pokemon articles. Just a thought Posted via the Android Central App
  • No dice. We've been told that we're a mere 1% of their views and don't matter. Whether we click or not is not going to make a dent if this is true.
  • It appears that Pokehating comments make up substantially more than 1% of comments on Poke articles. Perhaps the relationship between views and comments isn't especially linear, but only 1% of total views being by the anti-poke faction seems quite low to me Posted via the Android Central App
  • Conversely, let's say you are right and only 1% of AC traffic hates Pokemon. Do you expect that spamming the comments with hate will cause AC to ignore the will of 99% of their visitors and cater to you? If the presence of articles on a topic that's common here bothers you this much, why come here at all? I don't go to iMore and demand that René review Android devices fairly. I visit sites that have content I like in proportion to that content's prevalence. I vote with my eyeballs Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Conversely, let's say you are right" I'm not the one that said it. AC said it in order to marginalize our opinion. I have no idea if it's true or not. I have no expectation that anything I say will sway anyone. However, they should know what they are doing to their loyal fan base. It won't change their behavior. Greed is greed. But, they will at least know how pissed they've made the people that supported them all this time.
  • You say greed, I say business. I didn't see anyone say that except you, so I referred to your words. Maybe I missed it, a link would help. You "supported them" by viewing content. That's exactly what the Poke people are doing now. I guess my question is this: do you feel you are being deprived of something now that there is a lot of Poke content, or are you just mad that there is stuff here you personally don't care for? If so, what were you getting here before that isn't present now? I think they've been hitting the usual stuff and just adding Poke stuff to it. Why not just scroll past the stuff you don't like? Or Pokemon No it all away? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The 1% figure was quoted by Russell Holly in the comments and Crackberry Kevin in his article about our anger. If you are a radio station and you change your format, expect some angry letters and comments from people who listened precisely because of the content you used to provide. Changing the station is not enough.
  • What content are you missing? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Here's the link to Crackberry Kevin's article: http://www.androidcentral.com/message-our-daily-android-central-readers-... Here's the relevant quote: "When we launched Android Central, you were the only audience for our content, which is why we love you so much. Today, though, our early adopter core — those of you reading this — represent approximately 1% of the visitors who access Android Central on a monthly basis." In other words. Thanks for getting us here, but you are no longer relevant to our bottom line.
  • Thanks for the quote. It does seem harsh at first glance. But you can't run a site that only worries about 1% of its visitors. The point is that 99% of people are newer, so they have to worry about they think most of all. It's not that the 1% don't matter, it's that they only matter 1%. TBH I'm hoping Phil is gonna start a site more like the old AC (I posted about it after his non-announcement) and if so I'll be there and not here as much. But AC is doing what a general purpose Android site should do: appeal to the largest number of Android fans they can Posted via the Android Central App
  • So you are saying that it's good business sense for them to pivot away from their loyal fan base. Fine. That established why are you surprised that the now marginalized fans are pissed that the site they have patronized for so long no longer has use for them?
  • yet, ya keep coming back....
  • Then why keep ******** like a child about it? It is what it is. You are welcome to start your own web page that you can make I to whatever you need.
  • How much Pokémon Go do you play???
  • ha ha ha... burn...
  • Yeah because these are totally outnumbering the Note 7 articles these days. There is one article out of 90 on the first page of articles. Just stop.
  • Read the date of the comment genius
  • I wonder what's really going on here at AC? Seriously, this is a drastic change from what AC used to be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There was an extensive and detailed explanation of their business model and traffic patterns, a week or 2 ago. They explained quite clearly why all the pokemon, and they gave options on getting a poke free feed. So, you could know what was going on if you wanted. And you would understand why the change.
  • Yeah I seen that. Even then I still think this is a pretty drastic change from what AC used to be. It's all good, I guess they are clearing out the old readers and making way for the newer younger readers. That's fine, it's called progress. Out with the old and in with the new. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah...instead of making folks who WANT the Pokenonsense go to the effort, they make the rest of us set up an RSS feed that filters out the junk. Way to go! I'm actually surprised they allowed commenting in this post. Most of the PG "articles" have disabled commenting. Apparently they don't like truth spoken.
  • No more news, nothing on updates, etc. It's barren. Kevin destroyed this site and it really sucks compared to the rest of the competition.
  • to be fair there was an app update. Without this article I would not have known. lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yawn...I as over this game in a week. Uninstalled.
  • Never tried it.
  • I post here not because i am interested in Pokemon Go, just want to voice my frustration with AC. Can't take this site seriously anymore. I come here to read about android news and hopefully some more insightful stuff about all things android. Time to remove bookmark and uninstall the app.
  • Just try to trudge threw the mud, this will pass. Nothing horrible last forever. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you're looking for "all things Android", you're looking for Android Authority, mate ;P
  • Yeah...I'm thinking that'll be my go-to link from now on. Funny that "Android CENTRAL" no longer lives up to that name. No...sad, not funny.
    As for the validity of posting so much about a very popular game (one that's actually already starting to decline in popularity, apparently), nobody disputes that. What we dispute is how it is presented.
    I'm embarrassed for AC.
  • Mobile Nation's has gotten to big for its own good.
  • Rumor has it Pokémon have taken over AC and their using pen names like Daniel Jen Phil and Alex.......but I will catch those Pokémon and return it to the real Daniel Jen Phil and Alex very soon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The one time name change is awesome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What once was a great site for Android. It's now been ruined by pokemon lol smh. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Made it to lvl 10. Stopped playing it. Got boring quick. Hopefully they add battles quickly Posted via the Android Central App
  • pokemon articles are here to stay, get used to it or just leave, the whining is getting annoying Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hell, the pokemon articles will probably go away in a few months when people calm down. I think of they started up a sister site for Pokemon everyone would be happier. That being said, I imagine that there are a butt ton of logistics behind that so I don't expect it to happen for what is essentially a fad.
  • "the whining is getting annoying" Do you find your own whining about the "whining" annoying?
  • We need to go deeper!
  • Grown people chasing after imaginary beings...what a great way to ignore real life with the likes of ISIS, Hillary Clinton and a 20 Trillion Dollar US Debt...if you walk out in the street, a real car will hit you, just saying.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You must be the life of all parties. Posted via the Android Central App
  • ITM, I get what you're saying, but ease up a bit. This isn't the Noagenshow.com website, it's Android Central, where we read about smartphones.
  • Prove it.
    get hit by a car so we can laugh.
  • *delete app
  • So they "fixed" the bonus XP award for nice, great, and excellent throws that they decided to call a "bug." No mention in the change log if they fixed the increased flee and escape rates that they also decided to call a "bug." More of the same. >_> <_< -_-
  • Thank God I can count on AC to never miss an opportunity to troll the search engine traffic......taking my views to Android police or engadget...will check back in in a month or two...hopefully the trolling has ended. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like the Pokémon articles so get to stepping haters. Or build your own website so we can crap all over your hard work. Jeez.
  • What should the haters do?I know,they could build a dedicated gaming site and Only fill it android centric news articles,instead of gaming articles.A lot of people already are getting most of their android news elsewhere,and only visiting here for ***** and giggles.Have a good one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not you, though. You're here all the time.
  • Actually,I'm spending a lot more time on dedicated gaming sites where they have a lot more android news. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I find it truly amazing that the some of the people who hate these Pokemon Go articles so much still think that commenting sarcastically and raging is going to change anything. It'd be one thing if I was seeing a whole bunch of different people expressing their displeasure, but it's always the same ones. It'd kids of hard to take your "I'm tired of this BS, unsubscribing" comment seriously when you keep showing back up the the comments sections of later articles. Personally, I think that, while a tad excessive at times, the articles have reached a much more normal level. More importantly, AC isn't depriving you of the content that you have come here for in the years gone by. They even gave you a feed that let you get all of that content sans-Pokemon. Some of you need to accept the fact that, while exceptionally vocal, you're in the minority. AC is going to skew towards what the majority of people want, and the view counts on Pokemon articles speak for themselves. If it really means that much to you, then stop coming into the comments section and just pass the articles by. Vote wallet your wallet, and make page views the currency. But you need to understand that no one takes your ranting and raving seriously anymore. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are you the knew spokesman for AC and Android Geeks Shakespeare? And you think we're the monitory? The people that have the AC app installed, follow Android news and remember what this site used to be? Now we're getting recycled everything. I get there's some stuff going on behind the scenes ATM. I would love to know their numbers when it comes to their Pokemon page views and CPC. Anyway.... If you are (or you think you are), don't speak for us Android Geeks Shakespeare. Now I'll be a spokesman for us Android Geeks. Most of us Android Geeks don't want to get spammed with Pokemon articles.A and yes I was voted spokesman of Android Geeks and I didn't see Shakespeare on the ballot.
  • And what the complainers don't understand is that if they keep it up and act as immature as they are, a breaking point will come where Mobile Nations says "wow you guys complain too much", then flip the comments switch to off.
  • or increase the amount of articles about pokemon...out of spite
  • +1
  • Well said.
  • To anyone at AC or Mobile Nations who reads this. Keep doing what you're doing and make the changes you need to make to grow your business. Everyone complaining about these and other articles cam continue to live in their box.
  • Every other Android news site has covered the (inevitable) story regarding declining numbers for this game. Nothing lasts forever but to not cover the story shows serious bias. Troll and flame as you will, won't be coming back AC to read 'em. Adios folks.
  • Pokemon EVERYTHING is just one of the changes I've noticed here over the last while. I don't care for the new AC. It feels spammy. More of anything isn't necessarily better guys. EXCEPT for Mr. Mobile, he is fantastic.....but you don't need to come here for that content. Posted via Nexus 6p
  • LOL
  • That picture of the Galaxy phone is really bothering me. Because there's on-screen buttons, but the phone has capacitive buttons...
  • I find it ridiculous that they are blocking the app to jailbroken and rooted devices its almost discrimination people have the freedom to root and jailbreak and i understand people use that for other things such and cheating in games but its not going to stop bots it moght stop cheating but not bots you dont need root or jailbreak it works without it but sorry for the run on sentence
  • Agreed, I've invested time and money into this bloody game, and now they want to prevent me from playing it for no good reason? Piss take. Well, at least it happened before I bought the stupid plus accessory... Seems they're trying really hard to remove their player base.
  • That's implying it has a decent root detection. Snapchat doesn't allow root either. And its super easy to get around then do a titanium backup of the app/data and keep it going. It probably won't even be able to detect current devices that are rooted. And if it does a patch will be out quick for it.
  • From what I've read on Reddit and XDA, it's actually very good at detecting root. Probably uses Google's safety net.
  • Interesting. Wonder if it looks when installed or looks when it connects to server. If that's the case rip me until a patch is out. Wonder if that's in amplify to stop from being able to work as a workaround. Should be interesting.
  • I can only assume there would be hope for us root and jailbroken users via xposed or Cydia i just can't believe they would do that i can understand Snapchat to the previous comment because there are some pretty crazy things out there for it but still theres Casper that is an alternative client that doesn't need root but still does everything i believe it boils down to if your rooted it jailbroken F*** you i believe mlb perfect inning by gamevil does it as well it will load up the game start installing files and FC Everytime it's ashame we can't have the freedom that we deserve
  • Well it uses apparently the same thing android pay uses for root devices via the network. Apparently it does it silently via Google app and its hard to stop. There's like two methods to stopping it. Do a full wipe system less root method with root control and it sounds not fun to do. Or just uninstall super user if you're on a custom rom and don't use root slot
  • Also i sideloaded the update it doesn't work but i tried rootcloak and few other things no dice
  • I get why you're frustrated, but look at it from their perspective. They're trying to plug all the cheating holes. A big one is people using GPS spoofing in concern with xposed and root. I don't think throwing up an acceptance dialog at the beginning saying "I promise not to use any GPS spoofing on my rooted phone." would work well. The days of rooting your phone are numbered. The banks have started the push and now other apps are following suit.
  • I get people are gps spoofing through xposed but what niantic doesn't understand is you can do all of that without root bots that run on your laptop sign into your phone and do everything for you rooted or not my one friend had a d-pad on his game for his s6 edge + no root its possible to do it without root its still going to happen so don't block the people that like to do what they want to the device they own. Also no custom ROMs yet on LG G5 deodexed is the best we have so far but it nice
  • freedom to root, they have freedom to block you...same thing
  • Dont see update yet
  • Yeah I don't see the update yet either. Is it coming out today?
  • I love it
  • I use the AC app exclusively so I'm not sure what you all see on the desktop site. I had to scroll down over 50 headlines in order to find the next pokemon related post. If 1 in every 50 posts is about pokemon, I don't see how that's overwhelming. How many posts do we need any the note 7 and it's "exploding battery"? If AC only kicked out 1 article a day, that would be one thing but it isn't like that. How many angry birds stories did they run when that was all the rage?
  • This is a post that gets reposted when a new update comes out. Back in the first updates there were lots of posts. That's where the complaints started
  • When is the September 10 update rolling out?? It's almost the 12th in my neck of the woods.
  • 10th September 2017 :-)
  • Does anyone have idea when it's going to launch in India?
    i'm eagerly waiting for the same
  • My guess is when they upgrade their servers. The initial launch in relatively small countries brought the servers to their knees. Releasing it in a market as large as India would be a real test of their servers haha
  • well said bro, i don't think currently they have any idea to launch it in India
  • Guess what... Pokemon Go is coming to India tomorrow!!! Thanks to Reliance Jio..
    http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/12/13/pokemon-go-officially-launching-... Finally!!! :)
  • No word on new devices, no moto z ( play) reviews, sailfish renders, nothing. Has AC given up? Pokemon Go more important, i guess.
  • Right! So disappointed. Thank God for Android Authority, Android Police, Android Reddit and XDA!
  • Rooted phone users will be ticked off.
  • you can do everything in Pokemon go, but then the main intentions of this game was totally lost, you need to enjoy the game not simply play it with ******* mock locations
  • *delete app
  • Oh yeah finally it got updated, in case you haven't started playing this app you need to check about the permissions it requires you to allow, you have to forget about your location safety if you decided to play this. lots of other issues are discussed with their solution on here : http://www.travellingtowns.com/2016/08/things-to-know-before-playing-Pok...
  • This game needs location info to work. It's kind of the deal.
  • Great content. Keep it up.
    I make it a point to only click on ads when they are related to Poke content so we can get more of that content.
  • Uhm how do i set a Pokémon as a buddy? Is that only out in US? Or is it available for AUS as well? Thanks :)
  • People are still playing?
  • *delete app
  • Stop Whining!
  • My phone is rooted and I can still use Android Pay and Pokemon.
  • I really want to enjoy the crave this game has to offer but unfortunately in Jamaica, walking around with your phone out is like a beacon to thieves sadly.
  • I'm just happy for a post that doesn't center around the Note 7... i'll take a pokemon go post
  • GODS DAMN IT, NO, FFS!
  • FFS?
  • I just updated to.0.41.4 Can't see any added features
  • *delete app
  • Update! Oh at least there will be a reason for me to open the game again for 15 minutes. LOL
  • Are u fools still arguing about that stupid fukn game,that people are jocking for some reason? Obviously u guys are interested or u wouldn't be arguing over it 4 months. Have fun peace
  • I only clicked on this article because of the Phil cameo on the cover photo :)
  • I'm really curious how many people have stopped playing this game since the release. Weather, school, grinding miles once you hit level 20 etc. Some YouTubers I follow still do Pokemon videos and they're usually their most viewed videos, but I know the game has taken a pretty big hit player wise since it's release. Niantic should release those numbers lol. They also should be giving my game, ingress, more love. Maybe a 50-60% drop in Pokemon players?
  • Why would they release those numbers?
  • I know I stopped after they took away the ability for root users to play.
  • people are still playing Pokemon Go? Haven't seen them around the city for a very long time. :)
  • I still have my botted account. Its boring asf. I can single handedly take down any level 10 gym. No point in grinding it out, and paying for lures when theres people out there that spent $0 and can whoop on any legit players.
  • https://youtu.be/qJ_zrJVu6Mk ;)
  • "we're no strangers to links, baby. You've been Rick rolled, and so have I. Never gonna click your link, never gonna watch your clip. Not gonna assume it's safe, or trust you."
  • This probably won't be seen, but Raichu had been in since day one, you meant Pichu.
  • yep... Pichu and Togepi.. Raichu was always available as the next evolution of Pikachu :)
    @Daniel
  • pokemon go launching tomorrow in india!!!!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/12/13/pokemon-go-officially-launching-...
  • Can you give updates on other games too? Pokemon Go is probably a fine game but I cannot play it because it doesn't pass the Safetynet check. How about you give updates for some games that everyone can play?
  • all creatures of pokemon go, i saw this in this website http://www.porast.com/rarest-pokemon-go/