Niantic plans to shut down streets for public Pokémon Go & Ingress community events around the U.S.

Niantic, developer of popular augmented reality games Pokémon Go and Ingress, plans to host community events for players in public spaces around the U.S. through a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The company announced the project today, with the first event set to kick off this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Opinion: Pokémon Go is technology at its absolute best

I have personally seen no less than two dozen people in public playing Pokémon Go since the game’s US launch last week, and from what I’ve heard, many can say the same. Based on some initial data, it seems that pretty much no technology comes close to the rate of adoption that this single app has seen in the past few days. It’s been a wild ride to say the least.

The app is still the top download on both app stores, and there have already been dozens of articles across the web telling the stories of many aspiring Pokémon trainers — everything from robberies to sore legs. Pokémon Go has already become a (mostly) global phenomenon and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s technology at its very best.

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First look at gameplay from the upcoming Pokémon Go Android game

After announcing a deal in September to produce a Pokémon Go games with Nintendo and Alphabet-owned Niantic, the Pokémon people are today showing a little more about how gameplay will work and giving us a first look at the title coming to both Android and iOS devices.

The game uses augmented reality features to blend real world objects and locations with the gameplay, and the company today gave the run down and a look at how exactly that will work:

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Pokémon GO hosting Halloween event as app receives update to version 0.43.3

Pokémon GO is the augmented reality game that got thousands of people around the world off of their couches and out of their homes. Unfortunately, after the game reached its peak popularity over the summer, the number of people still playing has started to dwindle.

For those who are still playing the game, however, Niantic Labs has announced that from October 26 through November 1 there will be additional “treats” to celebrate Halloween…

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Curious mention of ‘Google Cardboard’ in Pokemon Go could hint at future VR features

It goes without saying that Pokemon Go is blasting off, but what’s keeping the hype from already waning is the fact that there is so much more to come. The original trailer shown off last year touted the ability to trade and battle Pokemon with other players, and those features are almost certainly already in the works, but how else could we see the game evolve in the coming months?

If you want to make a not-so farfetch’d guess based on the Licenses page in the app, VR features in the form of Google Cardboard could be in the cards…

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Pokémon Go teaming up w/ Sprint before expected Starbucks promotion, new monsters coming soon

Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint to turn businesses into PokéStops and Gyms as part of Niantic’s latest move to keep players in the game. The news comes just one day before Starbucks is expected to do the same while introducing a Pokémon Go-themed drink for trainers. Niantic has also teased out when we might start seeing new monsters appear in the game.

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Pokémon Go update allows users to change nicknames, replaces ‘Nearby’ with ‘Sightings’

Version 0.33.0 of Pokémon Go is rolling out on Android and brings a few minor features and fixes to the hit game. Most notably, users now have the ability to change their username once and a bug that prevented bonus XP from throws has been resolved.

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New Chrome extension lets you mute all ‘Pokemon Go’ mentions on the internet

Pokemon Go clearly has a lot of fans, but if you’re one of the many that simply have no interest — whether it be in Pokemon itself, gaming in general, augmented reality, or giving Google all your data — there’s now a Chrome extension made just for you. “Pokemon NO!” is a free extension that allows you to mute all mentions of Pokemon Go on the web…

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Pokemon Go hits 50 million downloads on Play Store, Plus accessory delayed to September

With its international rollout under way, Pokemon Go has reached 50 million downloads on Google Play this weekend. According to app firm Sensor Tower, it is the fastest game to exceed 50 million installs and is currently still the top free Android app. Also, while server issues and other bugs have died down, Nintendo is seemingly delaying the Pokemon Go Plus wearable accessory until September…

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Upcoming Pokémon Go update adds a virtual ‘Buddy’ that gives you in-game bonuses


Niantic has shared the first details about one of the “new and exciting” features coming to Pokémon Go. Similar to how characters in the television show have Pokémon that wander alongside them, you’ll soon have a Buddy Pokémon that explores the real world with you and provides bonuses.

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