Windows Phone users to finally get a way to play Pokemon Go this Sunday.
The Pokemon Go app is available for Android and iOS. The five (just kidding!) Windows Phone users are left out. There was some chatter about Microsoft promising Pokemon Go coming soon the Windows 10, but that was not official by any means.
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The Pokemon Go Windows app is released as promised on Sunday. Developer STApps has released PoGo-UWP on GitHub. The effort might though be very short lived as Niantic is going not only after API developers with lawyers, but also Pokemon Go Trackers.
Update: Cease and Desist Letter from lawyers of The Pokemon Company could mean end of this app and all other unofficial apps, trackers and bots.
A Windows developer announced a couple days ago on reddit to create a Pokemon Go app for Windows phones. He showed off a prototype where you can see and catch Pokemon on a Google Map. STApps, who developed the app One Auth, said that he plans to release a beta of his Pokemon Go Windows app on Sunday, July 31. Watch this reddit thread for updates.
Features of STApps' Windows Pokemon Go app will include catching Pokemon, PokeStops and Gyms. Hatching eggs is further out.
Niantic will not have a Windows version of its viral game on the top of their list. They have bigger problems. The servers are stable for the most part, but there are still limitation, such as the 3 step glitch. There no technical barrier for Niantic to release a Windows version of Pokemon Go. Niantic uses the Unity engine for its mobile app. Unity for mobile supports one-click deployment to Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Tizen. There is always more involved than just a click of a button, but realistically it would only be a matter of days to get a Pokemon Go app for Windows phones in the Microsoft app store.
Eventually Niantic will release a Windows version of Pokemon Go, making STApps version obsolete. STApps is planing to release on GitHub, which would enable other programmers to join in developing features. The whole app is though based on the reverse engineered Pokemon API. There are some reports today of issues with throttling of requests and Niantic has apparently reduced the scan radius from 100m to 70m. This could be the beginning of Niantic clamping down on unauthorized usage of their platform by 3rd party code.
The Pokemon Go game is now over 3 weeks on the market and early adopters are starting to "get bored" or optimize their Pokedex with illegal Pokemon Bots. New features that Niantic CEO Hanke announced early this week will bring a bit of refreshment to the game. There will be more Pokemon and custom PokeStops.
Niantic's business strategy also includes sponsored PokeStops, which will bring businesses into the augmented reality world of Pokemon.
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