The new Pokemon Go app update has been announced on Saturday. The roll out was slow. Now it seems to gain steam. iOS 10 could indeed be to blame for the delay
Niantic announced Pokemon Go app 0.37.0 for Android and Pokemon Go App 1.7.0 for iOS on Saturday. Many Android users reported that they can download the new Pokemon Go app with Buddy Pokemon from the Google Play store. There are though also tons of comments in social media of Android users in the US, Europe and elsewhere that they still can't get the Pokemon Go app 0.37.0. As reported yesterday, the roll out has basically stopped.
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Now I just spotted the new Pokemon Go app with Buddy Feature listed on Google Play. The interesting thing about it is that the updated date is today, September 13. Also interesting is that the version number is missing. The release notes though clearly describe the Buddy feature and the Pokemon Go support. See the screenshot of the Pokemon Go app listing in Google Plus below.
As the update time stamp is today, the release day of iOS 10, it is save to assume the delay has been caused by iOS 10. Niantic aimed at releasing the new app for Android and iOS as close together as possible. The whole process should have been communicated to the trainers.
Google Play is rolling out gradually to Google Play users, not necessarily by region. It is though worthwhile to check now. If you have more than one Gmail account. Try all of them to see if one got the update.
The Pokemon Go 1.7.0 update for iOS is still not released, despite iOS 10 being released since 10am PDT.
Android users had and still have the venue of installing the Pokemon Go 0.37.0 APK directly. The file has been made available on APK mirror sites right after the release. iOS users are stuck waiting for the iTunes store to release the 1.7.0 release.
Those who can use the new Pokemon Go Buddy feature have already discovered an Easter egg. Walking Pikachu for 10km makes him change from the ground to your shoulder. There might be more Easter eggs hidden in the new Pokemon Buddy feature.
There is another "dark" feature in the new Pokemon Go app release. Niantic prevents the new Pokemon App to run on rooted or jailbroken devices. This has raised a shit storm in the huge rooted Android community. There are though several work arounds available to run the new Pokemon Go app on rooted Android devices. Using the Xposed Framework with the RootCloak Module appears to be the easiest method.
The new Pokemon Go update also supports the Pokemon Go Plus device, that will be released on Friday.
Despite the decreasing hype, the Pokemon Go game has been downloaded 500 million times so far. The AR game is the fastest mobile game ever to reach that milestone. The story of Pokemon Go has just begun.