Pokémon GO Plus has finally been launched. The band allows users to play Pokémon GO without taking their smartphones out of pocket. Pokémon GO Plus uses Bluetooth LE to pair to devices, even without leaving the GO app. You need to be on the latest version of Pokémon GO app to use the band. It is easy to connect – Go to settings, click the ‘Pokémon GO Plus’ menu and select the band to pair.
Next, Pokémon GO Plus will flash lights in different colours to denote PokéStop, new Pokémons and Pokémons that you’ve already encountered. You can press the button on Pokémon GO Plus in response to catch a Pokémon or collect items. TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington, who tried his hands on Pokémon GO Plus band explains, “This depletes your stock of regular Pokéballs by one, then has you watching for the series of white lights that tell you a catch is in progress, and hoping you’ll be notified of a successful catch with a multicolored flashing light.” The band flashes a red light whenever a Pokémon gets away and there’s no way you can catch it using just the GO, he adds.
The on-screen notification in Pokémon GO Plus band lets users know the number of items they’ve collected or if they were successful in catching a Pokémon. Additionally it tracks steps taken to hatch an egg and buddy training. Users can catch Pokémons they’ve encountered before as well, using Pokémon Plus.
Niantic’s Pokémon GO Plus launches days after Apple announced Pokémon GO app for Apple Watch. Apple Watch now allows users to play the game, right from the watch. Niantic Labs CEO, John Hanke, at Apple’s event said the GO app has been downloaded more than 500 million times. And the trainers have walked more than 4.6 billion kilometers while playing the game. Hanke also demoed how Pokémon GO app will work on Apple Watch.