Niantic is testing the upcoming in-app Pokemon tracker in San Francisco. Watch below a new Trainer Tips video where Nick tests the nearby tracker and shows how it works in detail.
Niantic is working since weeks on a revision of the in-app Pokemon Go tracker. The nearby Pokemon tracker was part of the Pokemon Go app initially. Niantic pulled the feature because of severe server scalability issues. The removal gave way to the rise of of 3rd party Pokemon tracker and maps.
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The new nearby Pokemon tracker is in beta testing in San Francisco since several weeks. There is still no timeline when Niantic is rolling out the nearby tracker to all trainers. Nick from popular Pokemon tutorial channel Trainer Tips has traveled this week to San Francisco to test the nearby tracker hands-on. In his typical style he perfectly explains the tracker and how to use it best.
Nick is hard-core Pokemon Go fan. He is has mixed feelings about the Nearby tracker. It takes the excitement out of encountering wild Pokemon. On the other hand the nearby tracker is very useful to track down and catch Pokemon missing in your Pokedex.
The Nick's video review of the Pokemon Go nearby tracker shows that it works great in cities. You can have a great flow of catching one interesting Pokemon Go after the other roaming through a neighborhood. Nick and his girlfriend chose the loud China Town in San Francisco for their Pokemon hunt.
The in-app nearby tracker is only showing six apparently random wild Pokemon that are near. There is no way of setting a filter or alert for specific Pokemon. The tracker is also not showing Pokemon that appear because of lures. Only natural spawned Pokemon show up in the nearby list.
The relatively simplistic Pokemon Go tracker that Niantic is currently testing will keep 3rd party Pokemon Go trackers still interesting to use. FastPokeMap is scanning for Pokemon in a 200m radius. Also missing in the nearby tracker is a timer. You do not know how much time you have to get to the PokeStop where the Pokemon is that you spotted on the nearby list. The de-spawn timers are a standard feature on 3rd party Pokemon tracker.
There is the possibility that Niantic is enhancing the nearby feature before it gets released world-wide. On the other hand as the video shows, the Pokemon Go nearby tracker works well in areas where many PokeStops are. The major advantage of using the Pokemon nearby tracker is only there in cities. Rural areas will not benefit much from the new tracker.
If you want to find nearby Pokemon now and do not live in San Francisco you can use these Pokemon Go trackers without login requirement.
The new server encryption is not the only new security measure. Users of rooted Android and Jailbroken iPhone can't run the new Pokemon Go app release. Workarounds to run Pokemon Go on rooted Android and on jailbreak iPhones have though already been found.
Despite the reduce hype, Pokemon Go is still going strong. This is no wonder with an app that has over 500 million downloads. On Friday the Pokemon Go Plus device will go on sale on Friday. A user in Finland already got it and he shared the first Pokemon Go Plus Review with interesting unknown features. More Pokemon Go News.