Niantic Says Pokémon GO for Apple Watch is 'Coming Soon' Following Cancellation Hoax

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Over the weekend, an image of a fake email circulated on Reddit which appeared to claim Pokémon GO for Apple Watch had been abandoned. A subsequent report, citing "a source with knowledge of the plans," said development of the companion Apple Watch app had indeed been shelved.

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Pokémon GO developer Niantic confirmed the image in the Reddit post "is not real" in a statement sent to TechCrunch and Recode, and debunked the subsequent report in the process by noting development of the companion Apple Watch app continues, as it has since before the app was announced in September.

Pokémon GO also confirmed on Twitter that the Apple Watch app is "coming soon."

Rene Ritchie at iMore, citing "a couple sources," believes Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is "still on track for a 2016 launch."
Ritchie believes Apple and Niantic are likely taking the time to ensure Pokémon GO's integration with the Apple Watch is done right.

So where is it? There's a certain amount of complexity involved in making Pokémon Go for Apple Watch. It ties into both the Apple Watch Workout system, which means you'll get credit towards your activity goals while out catching Pokémon, and HealthKit, which syncs all the information. The latter especially has some of the most involved privacy systems Apple has ever deployed, and my guess is Niantic and Apple are taking the time to make sure all that integration is done right.

Pokémon GO for Apple Watch was unveiled at an Apple media event in September. Skip to the 25:20 mark in the video below.


The app will provide Pokémon GO players with at-a-glance information, such as how far they need to walk to hatch a particular egg. The main screen shows the player's current level and XP remaining to get to the next. Pokémon GO walks are recorded in Workouts, helping players achieve their Activity goals.

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48 months ago
I still love seeing '#pokemongo'.

Poor Mongo, always getting poked.
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48 months ago

The fad died already, 4-6 weeks after launch. Now only the true nerds remain, and even truer nerds will use it on their :apple:watch.

I think it's more nerdy to whine on an online forum over people getting exercise and having fun with friends playing a game :)
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48 months ago
Didn't know people still played this game
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48 months ago

I own an Apple Watch and I have mixed feelings about it.

Part of me really wants it. Sounds something cool and convenient to have, considering I play Pokémon GO on a regular basis.

But I also don't want my Apple Watch's battery life to be worse than it already is...

So I don't know.

The app will allow you to use your daily steps toward hatching eggs so you don't need to have the app open to do so and so your daily step count doesn't go to waste.
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48 months ago

I think it's more nerdy to whine on an online forum over people getting exercise and having fun with friends playing a game :)

Fair point. We're all nerds here. They're still more nerdy though :p
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48 months ago
The fad died already, 4-6 weeks after launch. Now only the true nerds remain, and even truer nerds will use it on their :apple:watch.
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