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Pokémon Go to Get New Pokémon as Starbucks and Sprint Stores Become Pokéstops and Gyms

Thursday December 8, 2016 6:09 am PST by
Pokémon Go recently announced that Sprint and Starbucks locations have officially been added into the game as Pokéstops and Gyms. The Sprint collaboration began yesterday with over 10,500 Sprint locations around the United States supporting the GPS-based game, including Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at Radioshack stores. In-store charging stations are also being offered to players so they can...
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Upcoming Pokémon Go Updates Aim to Make Game Easier for Beginners [Update: Rolling Out]

Friday October 7, 2016 4:59 am PDT by
In the face of waning popularity, developer Niantic recently announced a few updates to Pokémon Go that aim to make the game easier for players, with a focus on training at friendly Gyms and capturing wild Pokémon (via Engadget). The updates are for "trainers of all levels," but they appear to mostly benefit newcomers who might have given up on the game prior to the changes. The first update ...
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Pokémon Go Ends 74-Day Reign as Highest Grossing App in U.S. App Store

Wednesday September 21, 2016 4:50 am PDT by
Pokémon Go has been bumped from the top of the United States iOS App Store's top grossing chart, seventy-four days after originally being titled the highest grossing app in the country. The game has been beaten by Clash Royale, which recently received an update "that sent players into a spending frenzy." In new data collected by Sensor Tower, Pokémon Go's success was put into comparison with...

Pokemon Go for iOS Updated With New 'Buddy' Feature

Tuesday September 13, 2016 3:12 pm PDT by
Amid today's glut of app updates for iOS 10, Niantic Labs updated popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go, adding some promised new features that should make the Pokémon-catching experience better. New in Pokémon Go is a Buddy feature that lets users choose a favorite Pokémon as a buddy. The Pokémon acting as a buddy will earn candy after a certain distance is traveled, making it much...

Pokémon Go Gains New 'Appraisal' Feature for Highlighting Attack and Defense Capabilities

Tuesday August 23, 2016 6:53 pm PDT by
Popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go was today updated to version 1.5.0, adding new features to make gym battling more straightforward. New to the game is a "Pokémon Appraisal" feature, which will see in-game Team Leaders offering tips on each Pokémon's attack and defense abilities to help trainers determine which Pokémon to use in gym battles. While longtime Pokémon players are...
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New Charts Detail Steady Decline in Popularity of 'Pokémon Go'

Tuesday August 23, 2016 4:58 am PDT by
After weeks of intense usage, new data from Axiom Capital Management (via Bloomberg) paints a picture of Pokémon Go's overall waning popularity as August comes to a close. With research lead by Senior Analyst Victor Anthony, the investment advising firm collected various user engagement statistics -- and even figured out how much attention Pokémon Go brought to augmented reality gaming -- in a...

Siri Offers Humorous Responses to Questions About Hit Game Pokémon Go

Thursday August 11, 2016 1:31 pm PDT by
Apple's virtual assistant Siri is known for offering up funny responses to a range of questions, and Apple's Siri team often puts time and effort into providing Siri with answers and comments on current events. This summer, augmented reality game Pokémon Go has become a worldwide phenomenon, and as discovered on Reddit and by 9to5Mac, Siri will now answer questions about the hit game. A...

New 'Pokemon Go' Update Adds Driving Warning, Changes 'Nearby' Into 'Sightings'

Monday August 8, 2016 5:07 pm PDT by
Niantic has today updated Pokemon Go to version 1.3, bringing several improvements, tweaks and fixes to the game. The main addition is a dialogue option for users who may be playing while driving, while the "Nearby" feature has been transformed into "Sightings" as the developer continues work on testing a new tracking system. If players are going over a certain speed, the game will now warn...
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Pokémon Go Debuts in 15 Asian Countries, But Not India or China

Monday August 8, 2016 2:05 am PDT by
Pokémon fans in 15 countries got their first chance to play wildly popular mobile game Pokémon Go over the weekend, but prospective players in China, India, and Korea are still waiting for the title to debut in their own territories. Niantic confirmed trainer locations on Friday in the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam,...
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'Pokémon Go' Updates With Avatar Customization, Removal of Footstep Counter, and More

Saturday July 30, 2016 6:49 pm PDT by
An update to Pokémon Go rolled out to iOS and Android devices today, bringing new features to the game along with a few slight shifts in the user interface. One of the biggest new additions is the opportunity for players to customize their avatar (which was previously only allowed when starting the game), giving the chance for added personalization in Pokémon Go. One of the longest-running ...
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Pokémon Go Debuts in France and Hong Kong as Nintendo Shares Dive

Monday July 25, 2016 2:15 am PDT by
Nintendo shares took a beating on Monday after the company released a statement saying Pokémon Go would have limited impact on its quarterly earnings since it only owns 32 percent of the Pokémon Company, which has the licensing rights to the game. The announcement by Nintendo appeared to take investors by surprise and had an immediate impact on its share price, with stock dropping 17 percent ...
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Pokémon Go Set App Store Record for Most Ever Downloads During its First Week of Availability

Friday July 22, 2016 11:09 am PDT by
Ultra popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go set a new App Store record during its first week of availability, seeing more first week downloads than any other app in App Store history. Apple unveiled the statistic to iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning. According to Apple, #PokemonGo has set an @AppStore record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in the Store’s history.— ...
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Pokémon Go Launches in Japan, Apple on Course for $3 Billion Revenue

Friday July 22, 2016 1:08 am PDT by
Pokémon Go finally launched in Japan this morning after the game's release was delayed following an email leak about the developer's sponsored retail partnerships. Social media excitement reached a peak on Niantic's announcement that it was "finally broadcasting" in the game's birthplace, over two weeks after it was released in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Pokémon Go is now available...
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'Pokémon Go' Delayed in Japan Due to Leaked McDonald's Sponsorship Details

Wednesday July 20, 2016 5:47 am PDT by
Niantic has decided to postpone the launch of Pokémon Go in Japan today, due to an unexpected email leak that revealed details about the company's rumored sponsor partnership with food chain McDonald's. A source close to the company confirmed the delay to TechCrunch, referring to a specific email chain between Pokémon Go's creators and McDonald's as the reason behind the move. The two...
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'Pokémon Go' Now Available in 26 New Countries Across Europe, Login Issues Reported [Updated]

Saturday July 16, 2016 7:55 am PDT by
Pokémon Go launched this morning in 26 new countries across Europe, capping a blockbuster week in which the augmented reality-based title became the most popular mobile game ever and saw Nintendo shares set record trading volumes in Tokyo. The announcement of the multi-country launch was made earlier today on the official Pokémon Go Facebook page. Pokémon Go is available in twenty-six...
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'Pokémon Go' Debuts in Italy, Spain, and Portugal as Rollout Continues

Friday July 15, 2016 2:04 am PDT by
The European rollout of smash hit Pokémon Go continued today with App Store launches in Italy, Spain, and Portugal, joining the U.K. and Germany where the game debuted in the last couple of days. In the U.S. alone, players on iOS are spending about $1.6 million each day on in-app transactions within the game, according to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower. Of those IAPs, 30 percent of ...

T-Mobile to Offer Free Data for Pokémon Go Starting Next Tuesday

Thursday July 14, 2016 1:11 pm PDT by
As part of its T-Mobile Tuesday offerings, T-Mobile plans to offer its customers free data for hit augmented reality game Pokémon Go. Starting on July 19, T-Mobile subscribers will be able to play Pokémon Go without using up their monthly data. T-Mobile plans to provide free unlimited high-speed data for Pokémon Go for all subscribers through August 17, 2017. Customers will need to redeem the...
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'Pokémon Go' Now Available in the UK App Store

Thursday July 14, 2016 2:12 am PDT by
Pokémon Go has become available in the U.K. App Store this morning as the ultra-popular game continues its much-anticipated rollout across Europe. With the smash hit's release last week initially limited to the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, iOS users in other countries have been left waiting for the game to show up in regional App Stores around the world. The title received its German...
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'Pokémon Go' to Feature Retailer-Sponsored Locations

Wednesday July 13, 2016 11:57 am PDT by
Niantic Labs, the developer behind the hit augmented reality game Pokémon Go, today hinted to the Financial Times that it plans to allow retailers and other companies to introduce sponsored locations in the future as a way to monetize the app. Real world locations in Pokémon Go serve as "Pokéstops" for collecting in-game items and power-ups including "Pokéballs" or as "gyms" for battling the ...
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'Pokémon Go' Now Considered 'The Biggest Mobile Game in U.S. History'

Wednesday July 13, 2016 6:19 am PDT by
One week after it launched in the United States, Pokémon Go is now the biggest mobile game in the country's history, in statistics focusing on the amount of daily active users (DAU) the app draws. Within the first 24 hours of launch, Pokémon Go beat out popular games like Slither.io and Clash Royale, but didn't have enough traction at the time to topple massive hits like Candy Crush Saga at its...