Pokemon Go App Enhancement Fixed 3-Step Glitch In Nearby Tracker

Posted: Jul 28 2016, 12:56am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 28 2016, 5:29am CDT, in News | Technology News


Pokemon Go App Enhancement Fixed 3-Step Glitch In Nearby Tracker
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Pokemon Bots are so yesterday. Meet the new tools and hacks that make your Pokemon Go app better.

Reverse engineered Pokemon Go APIs have enabled coders to build a slew of Pokemon Go Bots that automatically play the game and do the work anywhere in the world. As reported, the best "PokeBots" can get your profile to level 20 in a couple hours. If you still actually want to play the game yourself, there is a new generation of Pokemon Go hacks that enhance your Pokemon Go app.

These tools give you an advantage catching Pokemon. The so called "man in the middle" (MITM) software manipulates the data sent between the Pokemon Go app and the Pokemon Go servers in real-time. 

One coder used the Pokemon Go MITM project to develop a tool that fixes (circumvents) the 3-step Glitch. Niantic has "crippled" the game by sending dummy 200m distances for all Pokemon that are near you. By not having to calculate the exact distance of each Pokemon near you, the load on the servers is reduced quite a bit. The 3 step glitch is not a bug, but an intentional reduction of functionality to keep the servers up.

The new real-time enhancement shows you the correct distances of each Pokemon near you inside the Pokemon Go app. You do not need to use any of the Pokemon mapping and tracking services to find track down near by Pokemon.

It is mind blowing how fast coders around the world develop tools around Pokemon Go. Obviously all of these tools that are based on reverse engineering and man in the middle "attacks" are against the terms of service of the Pokemon Go tool.

I wonder if Niantic is using reddit and Github as a recruiting tool to hire engineers. If not, they definitely should. There are lots of programmers putting code out there that have intimate knowledge of how Pokemon Go works internally. They also have improvement ideas on how to fix the 3-step issue for good. One redditor suggests to move the calculations of distances into the app and not have the server do the work. This makes a lot of sense, as smartphones have enough processing power available to do that. See the thread on reddit.

Update: We just spotted another interesting Pokemon Go app. This one sends Tweets when it spots rare Pokemon in your area. It Tweets things like: "A wild Pikachu appeared! It will be around the Ferry Terminal until 1:54 AM." This service is also an enhancement for Pokemon Go trainers and not an automatic bot that plays the game automatically.

It is estimated that there are over 75 million playing Pokemon Go around the world and there are still many countries that do not have access to the game.

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