Pokémon Go update now warns you not to play and drive, debuts new features

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10 August 2016 | 0

The explosive popularity of Pokémon Go has been accompanied by some nagging bugs. Niantic Labs is squashing some of those and bringing in a few helpful features to smooth out the experience for those who play the ultra-popular game.

The update comes with two version numbers: 0.33 for Android and 1.30 for iOS. According to the official changelog, the game will nag you if it perceives that you’re driving while playing. You can also now change your nickname if you don’t like it, though you only get to do it once.

The update also includes at test of a new Nearby Pokémon feature with a small group of users. A few players were able to spot the feature and post screenshots, which shows you what creatures may be nearby. It’s a huge improvement over the broken radar feature. All users, even those not in the test, will see a Sightings section showing which wild Pokémon are in the area (but not their actual location).

Also, battery saver mode is back for those on iOS, as the Pokémon Go team says it’s fixed some lingering issues with the feature.

To get the update, make sure you have the latest version of Pokémon Go from the App Store or Google Play.

These are helpful improvements that will impact a large number of people even though the game hasn’t finished its worldwide rollout yet. The popularity is evident, as Pokémon Go has over 100 million downloads on Google Play and at least 50 million on the App Store. But Niantic Labs still needs to do more to ban cheaters, bots, and add in new features.

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