Niantic has now revealed the patch notes for Pokemon Go update 0.33.0 on Android and 1.3.0 on iOS. They have fixed a few bugs and added a few things.
Niantic posted all of the patch notes via the official Pokemon Go Facebook page. The update is available now for Android users, and it coming soon for those that own an iOS device.
- Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing.
- Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw.
Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses.
- Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons.
- Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time. Please choose your new nickname wisely.
- Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature.
- Added visuals of Team Leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark.
- We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
- Minor text fixes
The biggest and most interesting change has to be the new Nearby system, which is now named ‘Sightings:”
UPDATE 11:56PM: Actually, this image from neoGAFFer Toki767 seems to be the real new Nearby system—it actually shows you a picture of the Pokestop where you can find a creature! Very useful.
And here it is in action – it tells you where to go!
For most players who don’t have the new Nearby system, ‘Sightings’ only highlights Pokémon in the immediate general area, rather than teasing you with critters that aren’t actually nearby at all (previously, these monsters were marked as three footprints away). Also, now there’s grass. Yay?
This new system showcases fewer monsters than before, though as commenter Professor Dog pointed out to me, it does get rid of duplicate creatures. That’s a plus. Reports online also indicate that this new system update its monster list more often than the older one, which is good. It means that, while you will have to do some wandering to capture something specific, hypothetically you aren’t flying blind for as long as before.
Despite some improvements, I’m in disbelief that they’ve kept the system this vague considering that nobody could figure out the previous one. But hey, this isn’t permanent. It sounds like Niantic is still fiddling with finding a new system to replace the old ‘Nearby’ one, and that eventually they’ll settle on something better. In the meantime, this test will give them lots of feedback to work with.
Niantic is open to feedback so you can let them know if you approve of the changes that have been made to Pokemon Go. The last update didn’t go very well with fans…