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Pokemon GO Plus officially arrives on Friday. Like most products though, some folks have managed to get their hands on it early.

In the past, Nintendo has said that Pokemon GO doesn’t track distance walked when the app is running in the background. However, it turns out that this isn’t true. Reddit user c-a-m-i says that his egg and buddy distance increased by 1.1km with the phone locked during a test session.

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We’ve often talked about how Pokemon GO has positively affected the sales of the core Pokemon games. The Wall Street Journal now provides a closer look by examining the situation in Japan.

The image above shows how Pokemon GO has boosted sales of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Red/Green/Blue/Yellow, and 3DS hardware as a whole since launch. It’s cooled off slightly as of late, but overall, it’s clear that GO made a notable impact.

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Niantic CEO John Hank and the rest of the Pokemon GO team penned a new message on the company’s website. It’s mostly to thank fans for their support thus far. Additionally, it’s said that Niantic is still working on getting the game out to more countries – including India – and another tease that there’s “a lot more in the works this fall.”

The full message reads:

Pokemon GO version 1.7.0 / 0.37.0, which we first heard about this weekend, is now officially live. It should be available on both iOS and Android.

The big addition this time around is the Buddy Pokemon feature. Pokemon GO Plus support has been added as well.

In case you missed it, these are the patch notes:

– Added Pokemon GO Plus support
– Implemented Buddy Pokemon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokemon as a buddy. The buddy Pokemon will earn a Candy after a certain distance is traveled
– Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation
– Fixed network reliability issues
– Minor text fixes

According to Slice Intelligence, the paying population of Pokemon GO has declined by 79% since July of 2016.

The mobile game industry is a notoriously fickle one, as it seems even the titanic Pokemon GO is losing some of its thunder. The number of in-game buyers within Pokemon GO has decreased by 79% since July 15th, and Pokemon GO is no longer more profitable than all other mobile games combined. Despite this, Pokemon GO still maintains its position as the most profitable mobile game on the market. Specifically, it has generated around six times more revenue than the second most profitable mobile game in the month of August.

Pokemon GO has a new update. iOS users will have access to version 1.7.0 very soon, while it’s version 0.37.0 on Android.

The update adds the new Buddy Pokemon feature. And within it, fans have already discovered a new Easter egg. If you walk 10km, he’ll hop up on your shoulder when viewing your trainer details. Pikachu normally appears on the ground.

Those who missed out on the Pokemon GO update news can read up on the official notice here.

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Niantic is in the process of rolling out a new Pokemon GO update. On iOS, the game is being updated to version 1.7.0 while it’s 0.37.0 on Android.

The latest patch implements Buddy Pokemon as well as support for Pokemon GO Plus. You can find the full notes and announcement straight from Niantic below.

Yesterday, Niantic CEO John Hanke confirmed that Pokemon GO has topped 500 million downloads. App Annie now reports that the game has earned over $500 million in worldwide customer spending across iOS and Android. It’s the fastest title to reach that mark, as Candy Crush Saga took over 200 days and Clash of Clans and Puzzle & Dragons took over 400 days. Pokemon GO hit the mark in just over 60 days. Incredibly, it’s on track to reach $1 billion in revenue by the end of 2016.

You can read more about Pokemon GO in App Annie’s report here. The article goes over retention rate a bit, as well as the impact of non-gaming apps.

Nintendo has published a few screenshots from Pokemon GO showing what the interface looks like when you’re using Pokemon GO Plus. Have a look at the images below.

Pokemon GO Plus is due out very soon – September 16 to be exact.

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Pokemon GO Plus is finally launching next week – but will you actually be able to use it with your device? Nintendo just sent out a press release which offers some further technical details. Here’s what it says about the iPhone and Android-compatible devices and operating systems:

iOS

Compatible OS versions: iOS 8 – 9

Compatible with: iPhone® 5/5c/5s/SE/6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus

Android

Compatible OS versions: Android 4.4 – 6.0

Compatible with: Android 4.4 or higher that have Bluetooth® Smart?Bluetooth v4.0 or higher) capability and RAM2GB or more.

Source: Nintendo PR


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