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Pokemon GO AR+ comes to Android, requires ARCore

Pokemon GO AR+ comes to Android, requires ARCore

Some might contest branding Pokemon GO as an augmented reality game. Yes, it does use your real-world location and, at least, can at least use streets and building structures in maps. But the Pokemon themselves look more like stickers superimposed on the real world when you enable AR mode. Pokemon GO’s AR+ mode took care of that last year and it’s now finally available for Android smartphones. Provided yours is one of the few dozen that supports the ARCore framework.

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Pokemon GO prepares for Sinnoh with important changes

Pokemon GO prepares for Sinnoh with important changes

Pokemon GO is still going strong but, like any game, it has its periods of ups and downs. The game might soon be experiencing another spurt of popularity now that developer Niantic Labs has confirmed what many players have been expecting since April. The game will soon be “moving” towards the Sinnoh region, though at a yet unannounced date. But more than just new Pokemon, the preparation for that next stage of the game will also be bringing in some subtle but big changes as well.

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Pokemon GO Halloween 2018: Legendary Mythical Meltan, Double Candy

Pokemon GO Halloween 2018: Legendary Mythical Meltan, Double Candy

Pokemon GO Halloween 2018 is nearly upon us, and today we're taking a peek at what's about to roll out. This year's event will come after the current madness that is Meltan. That's the Mythical (or is it Legendary?) Pokemon that's been appearing in Pokemon GO over the past week or so, always turning into Ditto whenever it was caught. This is easily one of the strangest tricks Niantic's played thus far on the Pokemon GO public, that's for certain.

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Pokemon GO PokeStop nominations begin now: Here’s how

Pokemon GO PokeStop nominations begin now: Here’s how

Today that folks at Niantic revealed the start time for PokeStop nominations in Pokemon GO. This is perhaps the most important update to the game since the beginning because of the amount of personal involvement players will have with Niantic directly. This update will allow users to submit locations for potential inclusion in the game as PokeStops, in a way that's far more direct than they've ever allowed in the past.

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Pokemon GO scans users’ files to root out rooted phones

Pokemon GO scans users’ files to root out rooted phones

While rooted devices may have security implications for owners themselves, they’re also seen as potential threats to one specific class of Android apps: online games. Rooted devices have the potential to install modified versions of the game that could, in theory, give players an unfair advantage. That’s why some developers, by default, prevent rooted devices from playing their games. While that may be understandable, Pokemon GO developer Niantic Labs is using a rather controversial method to do so.

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Pokemon GO Raid Legendary Regirock dates and new list

Pokemon GO Raid Legendary Regirock dates and new list

The time for Regirock in Pokemon GO is here! It's time to head down to your local favorite Raid Battle gym and take on the most rockiest of strange Legendary Pokemon from the Hoenn region in Regirock. Yes Regirock, the third in a line of Hoenn-region legendaries is here, ready to rock and roll, and we're gonna let its secrets be know right here, right this minute.

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Pokemon GO PvP, friends update: what to expect

Pokemon GO PvP, friends update: what to expect

The mainline Pokemon games’ success can be boiled down to three core gameplay elements: collection, trading, and battling. Pokemon GO, the real-world “AR” version of that franchise, started out with the first and, as of June this year, added the second. We’re still missing out on the last piece which developer Niantic Labs has long promised will come. There’s no precise date yet but Niantic is at least assuring players that the year won’t end without it.

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“Lucky” Pokemon GO might bring you back to the game

“Lucky” Pokemon GO might bring you back to the game

The next update to Pokemon GO was revealed to contain a new feature which favors those players who've played the longest. It probably wasn't meant to help with player retention - or to bring back elder players that've left the game long ago - but that might be just what happens when said update goes live. This update includes LUCKY Pokemon, or Pokemon who cost less to level up and grow powerful - but not every Pokemon is Lucky.

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Pokemon GO cheats face this tough new policy

Pokemon GO cheats face this tough new policy

Ascending to the ranks of Pokemon Master is not an easy task. If you're going to complete the PokeDex and dominate the gym scene, you need to be committed to the cause, because there are hundreds of monsters to track down, catch, and evolve. It's definitely not something for the faint of heart, but there are some Pokemon GO players out there who think they can claim all the glory without any of the hard work.

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Pokemon GO update: Gen 4 first details droppin’

Pokemon GO update: Gen 4 first details droppin’

This morning the folks at Niantic posted a teaser for their biggest update since the beginning. The release of Gen 4 - the fourth year and fourth region in the Pokemon universe proper. That's the region where all the FUN stuff was. And that's where all the fun stuff is going to be in the next update to Pokemon GO, if all goes according to plan.

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Niantic’s Ingress is getting an anime series on Netflix

Niantic’s Ingress is getting an anime series on Netflix

Niantic is widely known for creating Pokemon Go, but the developer first made its name with Ingress, the augmented reality mobile game that served as much of the foundation for hit Pokemon title. Late last year the studio announced it was working on Ingress Prime, which will serve as both a sequel and revamp of the original, and feature improvements from Pokemon Go. Now Niantic has also announced an Ingress anime series is debuting this fall on Netflix.

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Pokemon GO is two years old: have some Pikachu and Pichu

Pokemon GO is two years old: have some Pikachu and Pichu

Niantic Labs has been doing AR games (some might debate the use of “AR” there) for quite some time. But while its Ingress had a cult following, its name never really took off until it partnered with The Pokemon Company to bring out Pokemon GO. And the rest, as they say, is history. It’s almost hard to believe that it has been two years since that fateful turn of events and Pokemon GO is now celebrating its birthday with an abundance of the Pokemon that really started it all: Pikachu.

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