We have all been waiting for the official wearable of Pokémon GO, the Pokémon GO Plus, but in the meantime, Niantic seems to have more wearable plans than we were previously aware of.
As many of you will know, the iPhone 7 was announced yesterday, at an Apple launch event, along with the new Apple watch. John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, made an appearance during the Apple event, on stage, where he announced that Pokémon GO is coming to the Apple Watch.
Hanke stressed on the popularity of the game, and how much the players have collectively walked, playing Pokémon GO, till date. (4.6 billion kilometres, apparently.)
After this announcement, Nintendo shares saw a spike upwards of 20%.
Talking about the app itself, it looks like it is built to mix in with your regular walks and runs. Usually, one has to have the game open and running at all times to detect nearby Pokéstops, or Pokémon and interact with them. This app lets players play from their wrists, albeit with only a select features, while on the go. It seems like it is specifically designed to make you not have to take your phone out for every little Pokémon GO thing.
Users can see the details of their walk, like calories burned, or get a notification of nearby Pokémon. You can use it to collect items at Pokéstops, too.
However, to catch a Pokémon, you would still have to take your phone out, so you can forget about catching Pokémon via your wrist. You cannot simply be both Ash Ketchum, and Ben 10, at the same time.
The app will arrive before the end of 2016, according to the announcement. We hope that Niantic has plans for Android Wear users as well, especially considering its ties with Google.
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Source : TechCrunch