The hard to find Pokemon Go Plus showed up on Amazon.com again in the past hours.
The Pokemon Go Plus is back in stock on Amazon.com. The inventory showed up over the past hours, selling out within 10 minutes each time. Nintendo announced last month to have new Pokemon Go Plus stock in late October again. Specifically Nintendo stated October 31 as delivery date for order on its online store in Europe.
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It looks like new Pokemon Go Plus inventory is already arriving in the US. I have not received a notification email from Amazon about the Pokemon Go Plus availability, which means that inventory is still very limited.
Update: 10/10: GameStop had Pokemon Go Plus in stock three times for a few minutes on October 10. A pro tip is to use text message notifications offered by in stock alert services like Zoolert and InStockNow.
Update 10/05: The Pokemon Go Plus is now also in stock again in the online GameStop store. The situation is similar to Amazon. Stock of the Pokemon Go Plus depletes within minutes. To score a Go Plus you not only need to rely on stock alerts, but also keep the product pages open and check regularly. There is just a lot of shoppers out there that want a Pokemon Go Plus now.
As reported, there is also a new store to check for Pokemon Go Plus stock. So far the Bluetooth accessory was only available from GameStop, Amazon and Walmart.
The official online store of the Pokemon Company is also selling the Pokemon Go Plus. You should add Pokemon Center to your list of stores to check for the $34.99 Pokemon Go Plus device as it recently had stock.
The $34.99 Pokemon Go Plus turned out to be useful companion for trainers. When the Bluetooth bracelet is connected to your phone, distance for buddy walking and egg hatching are tracked. This works also while the smartphone is in locked mode. This is the most important feature of the Pokemon Go Plus, besides getting notified of PokeStops and Pokemon.
eBay and Amazon marketplace offers for the Pokemon Go Plus are around $100. At these premiums it is worthwhile to wait for the next shipments of Pokemon Go Plus from Nintendo.
The Pokemon Go Plus wearable notifies trainers about encounters of Pokemon and PokeStops. You can leave your smartphone in locked mode in your pocket and the Pokemon Go app still tracks distance for egg hatching and your Buddy Pokemon. This feature has not been pre announced and was a big surprise. The accuracy of distance tracking with the Pokemon Go Plus appears to be more accurate. Some owners even report about getting more distance credited for the same routes than with just the app. There is a theory that the Pokemon Go Plus has a built-in pedometer. This has not been confirmed yet.
The Pokemon Go Plus device turned out more useful than believed. When connected, the Pokemon Go app continues to track distance even when the smartphone is in locked mode. This saves considerable battery life. Pokemon Go Plus uses flashing colors and vibrations to notify you about PokeStops and encounters of wild Pokemon.
Pokemon Go Plus works with the latest Pokemon Go app updates 0.37.1 (Android) and 1.7.1 (iOS). Raiding PokeStop is extremely convenient with the Go Plus. After getting notified of the presence of a PokeStop, you just press the button and you collect all items. This works also great for lucky trainers that work or live next to a PokeStop. They can just every 5 minutes.
The Pokemon Go Plus wristband is also notifying you when there is a wild Pokemon. You can try to catch it by pushing the button to throw a ball. This is though less of a powerful feature. There is no guarantee that you catch the Pokemon. On top of that you do not know which Pokemon it is. You need to pull out your smartphone to check. If it is a rare Pokemon, you then can decide to use a more powerful ball.
If you catch a Pokemon with the Pokemon Go Plus you receive XP, stardust and candy as you would catch with the app.
The Pokemon Go Plus is compatible with iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices with iOS 8 or later installed.
The Pokemon Go accessory is compatible with Android devices that have 2GB RAM or more with Android Ver. 4.4–6.0 installed. Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Ver. 4.0 or higher) is required to use Pokemon Go Plus on Android.
Niantic will release smartwatch apps for Pokemon Go later this year for Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches. On the Pokemon Go Apple Watch app you see the wild Pokemon on your wrist. What is strangely missing is the option to catch the Pokemon from your smartwatch. This is possible on the Pokemon Go Plus and there is no reason why that would not be enabled on the smartwatch.
There is hope that Niantic will change its mind about this. The full capabilities of the Pokemon Go Plus have been not known until after the release.
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