New Pokémon GO Update Includes More Safety Features and Updates Nearby Pokémon UI

UPDATE: Certain users have been given access to the new “Sightings” system and user Toki767 has showcased what it looks like:


ORIGINAL POST: A new update for Pokémon GO has been released today, fixing some bugs, including more safety features, and updating the nearby UI.

The patch notes for version 1.3.0 include:

  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while travelling 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.

The only thing visually and obviously different is the “nearby Pokémon” UI. Its name has been changed to “Sightings”, and the Pokémon are hiding in the grass. It looks visually more appealing than it did without the steps from the last update.


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