Pokemon GO updated, gets the Buddy system, locks out rooted and jailbroken phones

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The wait is over. The Pokémon GO update we have all been waiting for (since the speculation started, eventually getting an official confirmation from Niantic,) is finally here.

Pokémon GO is getting one of the biggest updates since launch. The Android version has been updated fo 0.37.0, and iOS to 1.7.0. This update finally brings in the much anticipated Buddy Pokémon system.

In case you don’t already know, the Buddy Pokémon system will let you pick a Pokémon to be your buddy, and it will walk around with you, and gain candies by walking a certain distance.

The update has also fixed a few bugs. Firstly, the release notes say that this update will make selecting smaller Pokémon easier, on the screen. Secondly, the bug where Eggs would hatch without showing the hatching animation, has also been fixed.

Performance improvements include better handling when in poor network coverage, which means network switching will no longer make Pokémon GO freeze, or get panicked into force-closing. Minor text fixes have also been implemented.

Sounds good, right? But like every good thing that arrives with that darn asterisk in the top corner which ruins the experience, this update does, too. In this case, the HUGE asterisk is the fact that this update closes down support for rooted and jalbroken phones. So, if you own an Android phone that’s rooted, or an iPhone that has been jalbroken, it looks like the version of Pokémon GO before this update might just be the last update you can enjoy with your “Rebel” phones. In the official announcement, Niantic, said :

We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO. Remember to download Pokémon GO from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only.

Some folks have already tested it out, and unfortunately enough, rooted and jalbroken phones don’t seem to be able to get this update to work, with getting error messages of “Device not compatible”, or just seeing the sign-out button. This is bad news for a lot of people, and might hurt Pokémon GO’s already dropping user-base.

So go on and grab the update, unless you have a rooted or jalbroken phone, in which case you should start looking for workarounds.

Talk to us in the comments, below!

Source : Niantic


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