Niantic announced new versions of its Pokemon Go app. The new updates do not contain yet a Pokemon tracker for all trainers. Updated with screenshots of the Appraisal feature.
Niantic announced new releases of the Pokemon Go app two weeks after the last updates. New Pokemon Go 0.35.0 for Android and Pokemon Go 1.5.0 for iOS bring a new feature named Pokemon Appraisal.
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Pokemon Appraisal allows trainers to learn about a Pokemon’s attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche or Spark) to determine which of their Pokemon have the most potential for battle.
The new appraisal feature should make the use of IV checker and other 3rd party Pokemon statistics tools less important to use. In the story gallery you can see the first screenshots of the Pokemon Go appraisal feature. A 100% IV Pokemon is blowing team leader's mind.
Another new change is in Gym battles. Niantic fixed a bug that kept defeated Pokemon at 1HP. Defeated Pokemon will now return as fainted Pokemon. You need to revive them with potions.
Niantic has still not included a the highly anticipated new Pokemon nearby tracker. The feature is still in testing with a small number of trainers in select areas.
Niantic says in the release notes for Pokemon Go 0.35.0 for Android and Pokemon Go 1.5.0 that the developers are still working hard on several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokemon Go.
The release notes also include the line item "Minor bot fixes." That is a hilarious way to tell bot and 3rd party software users that connect to the Pokemon Go servers that Niantic introduce a new counter measure. Reports are surfacing that Pokemon Go accounts are getting banned at a much faster rate now. The accounts get banned for scanning for Pokemon.
The scrapping of Pokemon location data is the most server resource consuming request. This is one of the reason why there is no in-app nearby Pokemon scanner yet. My guess is that Niantic changed the way the Pokemon Go app is communicating with the servers to make it easier for Niantic to identify requests from other software applications.
It will take time and effort again from 3rd Pokemon Go real-time map developers to find out what has changed. This way they can make their apps appear again as a Pokemon Go app.
Update: The new Pokemon Go app updates introduce new security features that will make FastPokeMap and other 3rd party software stop working. The new changes are bigger than just changes in the communication. Niantic changed Unknown6 and introduced an in-app Captcha. The developer behind FastPokeMap is not sure if there will be a fix to bring back his service.
The new Pokemon Go app 0.35.0 is available trough the Google Play store. Apple has not yet approved the new Pokemon Go app update and as of writing this report the announced Pokemon Go 1.5.0 version is not available yet in the iTunes Store.
As long as Niantic is not rolling out the Pokemon tracker feature in the app to all trainers, here is a list of available Pokemon Go maps, trackers and notifiers that trainers still are tempted to use.
Using any 3rd party Pokemon Go software can get your account permanently banned. This is especially true now with the "Minor Bot fixes" that Niantic introduced somehow with the new Pokemon Go app releases. Especially Pokemon Go trackers based on real-time scanning are getting their accounts banned fast. We recommend to hold off using any tracker for now. Or as a preventive measure, use tracker that are not directly communicating with the Pokemon Go servers and use an interim source of Pokemon location data like PokeDetect, which uses FastPokeMap as source.
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