Japan is the birthplace of Pokemon and is believed to be the most Pokemon crazy nation. A new survey says not so much.
The Pokemon Go app drains your battery. This has been an issue right from the launch on July 6. Turns out the battery life issue is the number one cause that Japanese people have left the Pokemon Go game.
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According to a survey by Japanese MMD Laboratories, 42% of people who have quit Pokemon Go stated as reason that the game is using up all their battery. The other two reasons high on the list that made Japanese gamers quite is the there is not much you can do with Pokemon Go at home and it is the same thing over and over. The last reason is curious. Has Japan lost its love for Pachinko?
The survey also shows that Pokemon Go is not as ubiquitous in Japan as believed. From the over 2,000 people surveyed over 60% never played the game. If the results of the survey are near the reality than Niantic has still a lot of room to grow in Japan.
Niantic's CEO John Hanke has recently said that he believes Pokemon Go will be around for years to come. There will be real world social events like in Ingress that are aimed at glueing the trainer community together. At these events new generations of Pokemon come to live. The journey of Pokemon Go has just begun. Along the way Niantic needs to hope smartphone batteries are improving. The new Pokemon Go Plus Bluetooth bracelet is conserving battery life while playing Pokemon Go. The $35 device lets you keep you smartphone in locked mode and the Pokemon Go app continues to track distance for your buddy and eggs. Find out how to buy Pokemon Go Plus.
The Pokemon Go app has been downloaded over 500 million times since its launch on July 6. The game launched in Japan on July 22. The massively successful AR game is the top grossing app in the Apple app store since launch.