Pokémon GO update fixes bugs and re-enables battery saver

Pokémon GO once again received an update for both the iOS and Android users, following the release in 15 new countries and regions across Asia. The update brings version 1.3.0, addressing several bug fixes as well as UI improvements. Below are the details about the latest Pokémon GO app update.

Driving alerts

The first in the list of the update release notes is the addition of a dialog that prompts the players if they are moving too fast. The dialog will pop up in the center of the screen which temporarily disables any inputs on the game’s control interface. Players should confirm that they are not driving in order to dismiss the dialog and continue playing.

Pokémon GO driving update

Niantic has added this new feature as a safety precaution to alert players that it is not a good idea to play games while driving. The dialog will appear every often depending on how fast you are moving and it will make you confirm that you are a passenger in the car.

Ball throwing accuracy

Second on the list is the bug fix and improvements to Pokéball throws. If you have been doing some trick shots when throwing Pokéballs, you might notice that with the last update, the curve balls aren’t sensitive enough to the accuracy of the throws which leads to not rewarding the correct bonus experience.

With the latest update, Niantic had tweaked the accurateness of the curve balls and rewarding of the correct amount of XP to players whenever a Pokémon is successfully caught using the technique.

One time change of nickname

If you ever have chosen a nickname that you don’t like anymore, being less appealing or you have spelled it wrongly, you are now given a chance to change your in-game nickname to a new one. You can find this additional feature on the game’s settings.

Pokémon GO nickname update

However, players are only allowed to change their nickname once so make sure you have everything typed correctly in choosing your new nickname.

Battery saver

Niantic has brought back the battery saver feature which was removed in the last update. While the company didn’t mentioned further details about this feature, it claims to have resolved the issue battery saver which lowers the battery usage of the game.

Pokémon GO battery saver update

You can enable or disable the battery saver feature anytime on the game’s settings.

Experimental changes on nearby Pokémon

With the last update, Niantic has decided to remove the footsteps feature in the game which is believed to be causing confusion instead of guiding players on the Pokémon’s location.

Pokémon GO neaby update

With this update, the company added a variation of the “Nearby Pokemon” feature to find improvements on how to address the accurateness of the Pokémon’s location. This experimental feature is said to be available only on a set of users and not everyone will experience.

Here’s the update release notes from the Apple App Store.

What’s New in Version 1.3.0

Pokémon GO has been updated to version 1.3.0. Below are some release notes and comments:

  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing
  • Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate experience bonuses
  • Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode and re-enabled this feature
  • Added visuals of Team leaders – Candela, Blanche and Spark
  • We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
  • Minor text fixes

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