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Next Pokemon Go update adds Buddy Pokemon, Pokemon Go Plus support

Published Sep 11th, 2016 12:00PM EDT
Pokemon Go Update Buddy Pokemon
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The long wait for a substantial Pokemon Go update is nearly over. Over the weekend, Niantic published a blog post letting players know that the app is in the process of being updated to Android version 0.37.0 and iOS version 1.7.0.

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The main attraction of the new update is Buddy Pokemon, which the company already explained in detail a week ago. But that’s not all the update has in store. You can see everything being added to the game below:

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes.

A bunch of welcome changes and fixes, as well as proof that Pokemon Go Plus really is coming soon. Although the peripheral won’t be for every trainer, hardcore players are sure to snatch them up the minute they go on sale.

The update hadn’t arrived on my iPhone as of late Sunday morning, but it should arrive on all smartphones before the end of the week. And if you want to be prepared for Buddy Pokemon, be sure to check out this useful ranking list.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.