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Towards the end of last week, SimilarWeb published a new post investigating Pokemon GO installs on Android by country. Australia leads the way at 20 percent, followed by several European countries such as Germany, Portugal, and more. The United States is at 13.9 percent.

One territory worth spotlighting in particular is Japan. Just a few days after launch, Pokemon GO was already installed on 24 percent of Android devices. It’s ahead of Snapchat, WhatsApp, and KakaoTalk. Assuming Pokemon GO’s success continues, it may pass Facebook Messenger (33.5 percent) and Instagram (34 percent).

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You can read SimilarWeb’s full post here for a look at how Pokemon GO is affecting other mobile apps.

Pokemon GO has now topped 75 million downloads worldwide, according to a Sensor Tower report.

Over the weekend, it surpassed 50 million installs on Google Play alone. Pokemon GO is the fastest game to reach that mark (19 days) plus “the fastest to that milestone ever for combined worldwide iOS and Android downloads.”

This chart shows how Pokemon GO won out the race to 50 million downloads on mobile:

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Sensor Tower also mentions that Pokemon GO is at the number one spot for downloads in revenue in all available App Store territories. That includes France and Hong Kong – two regions that just recently received the app.

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Nintendo’s stock, which has been enjoying considerable growth since the release of Pokemon GO, took a sharp hit after the company stated on Friday that the success of the game would have only limited impact on the company’s finances. Following the announcement, their stock fell by 17%. Their press release stated that they were not planning to change their annual forecast, and that the game’s upcoming companion device, Pokemon GO Plus, had already been factored in their estimates.

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Pokémon GO has now launched in Hong Kong, continuing its worldwide spread. The official release from the game’s twitter:

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With the huge success of Pokemon GO, Niantic CEO John Hanke appeared at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 today for a panel. The venue was actually upgraded to a bigger hall a few days prior to the event to accommodate demand.

We now have a summary of what Hanke touched on during the panel. To read it in full, head past the break.

One Easter Egg Pokemon GO players have been unsure about is the method of making Eevee evolve through a particular trick. But at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 today, Niantic CEO John Hanke officially confirmed its existence.

If you haven’t heard of the trick previously, it amounts to naming Eevee in a certain way. To have Jolteon, you need to give it the nickname Sparky. Eevee can evolve into Vaporeon by naming it Rainer. Lastly, Flareon requires the name Pyro. Each one is a nod to the original Pokemon anime’s Eevee Brothers Rainer, Pyro, and Sparky.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 today, Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed the different Team Leaders for Pokemon GO. They are as follows:

– Team Valor: Candela
– Team Mystic: Blanche
– Team Instinct: Spark

The news was also passed along by the official Pokemon GO Twitter account:


We’ll have a bit more coverage on the Pokemon GO Comic-Con panel soon.

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Pokemon GO has now reached yet another major milestone. The app has officially surpassed 50 million installs on Android, and currently sits somewhere between that number and 100 million.

Pokemon GO’s previous milestone on Android was 10 million. That happened back on July 12.

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Pokemon GO has arrived in yet another new territory. Earlier today, Niantic made the game available to download in France. It should be out now on both iOS and Android.

Here’s the news straight from the official Pokemon GO account:


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GameStop is looking to capitalize on Pokemon GO success once more. Just like last week, select locations will be hosting lure events on Saturday and Sunday. Stores will be dropping lures every two hours between 10 AM and 8 PM. Find a GameStop nearby through the link here.

Pokemon GO has done quite well for GameStop. CEO Paul Raines said stores that were either PokeStops or Gyms resulted in a big sales spike last weekend.


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