One of the first Pokemon finder for Pokemon Go is still operational as it is not relying on the Pokemon Go servers.
Niantic has stopped 3rd party Pokemon Go trackers through legal measures and since yesterday also with a technical change to its Pokemon Go servers. While the the unofficial Pokemon Go developer community is scrambling to find a fix for the Pokemon Go APIs, one Pokemon tracker has not problems. We reported about PokeRadar the first time back in Mid-July. It was one of the first Pokemon map services that sprung up.
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You can find a working Pokemon tracker in our Pokemon Go Tracker, Finder and Maps Round-Up. The list contains popular community data based Pokemon maps as well as working real-time Pokemon Go trackers using data from the Pokemon Go servers.
PokeRadar is not using the reverse engineered Pokemon Go API to scrap location data in real-time from the Pokemon Go servers. It uses the reporting from trainers to show users nearby Pokemon. Because Pokemon Go is unbelievably popular, there are enough trainers who are reporting Pokemon.
Even in the just rolled out Olympics venue Rio are already lots of reported Pokemon sightings in PokeRadar. The Pokemon are displayed with a timer like in most other real-time Pokemon maps.
Niantic could also shut down PokeRadar, but it is not a priority for them as the service has no impact on server resources. The company shared a diagram that showed that the 3rd party trackers the company blocked caused two-thirds of spatial queries on the servers. Niantic will continue to block third party apps that connect to the Pokemon Go servers without permission going forward. Even if the developer community on Reddit and Github will succeed in solving the "unknown6" issue, the fix will be likely short-lived.
There are some other Pokemon Go trackers that use hacked versions of Pokemon Go app on jailbroken phones to scrap Pokemon location information. Niantic has apparently not blocked these yet. Eventually these will be blocked too.
The team behind PokeRadar has been making improvements to its web site and apps for Android and iOS. The iOS app ranks #35 in the App store's free app chart. All other Pokemon tracker apps do not show up anymore in the top ranks.
PokeRadar has published a tutorial video showing how to find Pokemon in Rio at the Olympic Games. Watch below. You can access the PokeRadar Pokemon Finder on pokeradar.io You find the links to the PokeRadar iPhone app and Android app on that site as well.
Update: Real-time Pokemon Go API based Pokemon trackers are banned from the app stores. Another community data based Pokemon Go tracker app has risen amidst great user reviews to challenge Poke Radar. The Go Radar Live Map for Pokemon Go ranks under the top 10 free apps on iTunes.
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