Niantic Quietly Releases Pokemon Go App 0.41.3

Posted: Oct 12 2016, 1:33am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 13 2016, 12:29am CDT, in Technology News


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Niantic Quietly Releases Pokemon Go App 0.41.3

The announced new Pokemon Go update for Android got already an update.

Niantic announced the new Pokemon Go app updates 0.41.2 for Android and 1.11.2 for iOS on October 10. While the updates are still in the process to be released on the Google Play store and iTunes, Niantic quitely released another update for Android. Pokemon Go App 0.41.3 has been pushed out through the Google Play release channels and picked up by AKP mirror.

Update: Pokemon Go app update 0.41.4 is now in the Google Play Store.

There are no new release notes for 0.41.3. The AKP files have a different size. Something has changed. Early adopters of the new version report that the audio bug is still present. The audio becomes muted when users receive a notification. Only fix is to restart the Pokemon Go app. Niantic said that the new update fixes several audio issues. Apparently they did not fix all yet.

Niantic needs to rethink how they announced new updates. The time between the announcement of a new app update and the actual availablity in the app stores is just too long. Trainers have to wait days unless they go through the trouble and risk to download the Pokemon Go app update through an AKP mirror site.

Announcements of a new update should ideally happen at the same day of availablity of the update. The new update of the Pokemon Go app is bringing catch bonus and improvements to Gym training. While these are nice features, millions of trainers around the world are still waiting for an in-app Pokemon tracker.

Especially now that Niantic has blocked all 3rd party apps with a new security update to the communication between the Pokemon Go app and the Pokemon Go servers. There is now no real-time Pokemon Go map service available.

The developer of the popular Pokemon Go map service FastPokeMap has taken the lead in reverse engineering the new encryption. His latest estimate when FastPokeMap will work again is 1 to 2 weeks.

The Pokemon Go trainer community is not happy to have to play Pokemon Go blind. There are some working Pokemon Go Tracker that are based on crowd-sourced Pokemon spawn locations that can be used, but are not delivering the same experience. Especially trainers in rural areas are left without any viable way to locate Pokemon.

Niantic has still not made any announcements regarding the highly anticipated in-app Pokemon Go tracker.

Pokemon Go 0.41.3 for Android and 1.11.2 for iOS Release Notes

Catch Bonus: Trainers can earn a catch bonus for a Pokémon type as they catch more of a specific type.

The feature grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokémon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.). These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type. For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokémon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases.

Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching many Pokémon of the same type. If a Pokémon has multiple types, your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type. For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus in this case would be the average of your Normal-type and Flying-type bonuses.

Updated Gym Training: Trainers can now bring six Pokémon to battle at friendly Gyms. The CP of the Pokémon you are battling may be temporarily adjusted lower for your training session. When training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one. In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities.

No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym. Walk with your Buddy Pokémon to that nearby landmark and show your Team Leader that you can battle with the best!

Egg & Incubator Screens: These will periodically update the distance walked without the Trainer needing to close and reopen the screen.

Fixed several audio issues.

Decreased the evolution animation time.

Minor fixes

Find out where to buy the hard to find Pokemon Go Plus and read the latest Pokemon Go news.

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