The initial schedule of breaking the new Niantic encryption was too optimistic. The 3rd party developers around the FastPokeMap creator have broken the latest encryption that blocked 3rd party apps from accessing Pokemon Go servers, but there is one more layer that is holding them back.
The most popular real-time Pokemon Go tracker FastPokeMap is still offline after the planned relaunch on the weekend. The team assembled by the developer behind FastPokeMap has reverse-engineered the new encryption that Niantic put in place on Friday, October 7, besides one last hash function. The creator of FastPokeMap has been too optimistic with his initial plan to make FastPokeMap work again latest Sunday.
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Update 10/21: Sudden turn of events. The new encryption has been broken. The team around FastPokeMap developer succeeded to figure out the last missing piece of the new encryption. The new security has been by-passed and now it is just a matter of implementing the work around into FastPokeMap. The Pokemon tracker could be online in 24 to 48 hours.
Update 10/20: The reverse engineering efforts hit a roadblock. The progress has slowed down. The creator of FastPokeMap has to resort to analyze Pokemon Go app on a jailbroken iPhone to figure out the missing hashing function. This can take a while. At this point a relaunch of FastPokeMap on the coming weekend seems unlikely.
The team worked all weekend, but got held up by one last hash function that needs understanding reverse engineering. The creator of FastPokeMap summarized the current status of the project on Discord with this to-do list:
The developer behind FastPokeMap gave Niantic props over the weekend: "Niantic really went all in with their security + obfuscation."
Pokemon Go player will have to wait another week until there is a chance again that FastPokeMap works again. The creator of FastPokeMap is only working on the weekends on reverse engineering the encryption.
Once finished the new Pokemon Go API will be released to the public. Initially whitelist_ip said to keep it private and only use it for FastPokeMap. By making it public, Pokemon bots and all other trackers and tools will be back accessing the Pokemon Go servers in real-time. I assume he changed his mind as he got now help from other developers.
There is no new schedule when the Pokemon Go tracker is working again. Because he missed the schedule, the FastPokeMap guy is not announcing a new release date.
The breaking of the new encryption is not removing the Captcha security measure. Google's reCaptcha is still something FastPokeMap has to deal with. There are two ways to solve the Captcha issue. It is not clear yet how FastPokeMap will implement it. Either they pay a service like 2Captcha to solve the reCaptcha or users of FastPokeMap will be prompted to solve captchas while using the scanner.
Another issue that FastPokeMap and other real-time Pokemon scanner might be facing is the new reported speed limit catching Pokemon.
Running 3rd party Pokemon Go apps has become rather elaborate. There will be less apps and services going forward despite the demand from trainers. Pokemon Go is not as popular anymore as it has been and is also not that big of money maker anymore, but there are still tens of millions playing the augmented reality game. Pokemon Go dropped to 5th place in the top grossing apps on iTunes amidst the release of the latest Pokemon Go updates 0.41.4 (Android) and 1.11.4 (iOS).
A Niantic employee said in a panel in Los Angeles that Pokemon Go is not fully released yet and that it is page 1 of chapter 1. This is promising, if the trainers do not loose patients and quit the game. Niantic has still no release schedule for the in-app Pokemon tracker, which is considered basic functionality that is not in the app since three months.
The Pokemon Go nearby tracker was part of the initial feature set, but has been removed because of scalability. Niantic is testing the nearby Pokemon tracker since weeks in San Francisco, but has not made any attempts to roll it out globally. More Pokemon Go News.