The first major patch to Pokémon Go hasn’t exactly been welcomed with open arms by the vast number of people playing the game. The biggest complaint has surrounded the removal of the step tracker, which is meant to show you roughly how close Pokémon are to your location, instead of Niantic fixing the bug that had rendered it useless.
It was this bug that caused tech-minded players to tap into the game’s API and create services like Pokevision, which showed where nearby Pokémon are overlaid on Google Maps. That service has now been shut down, with the assumption being that it was done so following a cease and desist warning for breaching the API’s terms of service.
Hey guys. We wish we had some news for you
At this moment, we are respecting Niantic and Nintendo's wishes.
Will keep you guys posted
— Pokevision (@PokeVisionGo) July 31, 2016
Another detrimental change that Niantic did not document in the change notes is the removal of the “Battery Saver” mode for iOS users, which would darken your screen (but not totally off) with the phone pointing downward, in an effort to lower power usage. iOS users have also been plagued with an issue that seemingly resets progress, in response to which Niantic have posted an FAQ entry asking players to check that the game has logged into the correct account.
However, it’s not all bad news, with a number of optimisations being made that should improve the game’s stability, reduce its general battery usage, and so on.. The patch notes for 0.31.0 on Android, its matching 1.1.0 patch for iOS and this morning’s 1.1.1 patch are as follows. It’s just a shame that it’s been marred by a handful of more divisive changes to the game…
1.1.0 (iOS), 0.31 (Android) change log
- Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
- Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
- Refined certain Gym animations
- Improved memory issues
- Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
- Modified battle damage calculation
- Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
- Updated Pokémon details screen
- Updated achievement medal images
- Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
- Minor text fixes
- Removed Battery Saver Mode from the iOS version
- Favoriting a Pokémon prevents transferring
1.1.1 (iOS) change log
- Performance improvements in Pokemon details and list screens.
- Correct link for app upgrade.