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Pokémon GO makers explain why they blocked third-party tracking apps

Niantic recently blocked third-party apps from helping players find pokémon locations in the game

By: Tech Desk | Updated: August 3, 2016 4:39:22 pm
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Many Pokémon GO players were left more than a little annoyed when Niantic Labs – instead of fixing the buggy tracking feature – removed the 3-step display in the game that helped a player estimate the distance of the pokémon. The three-step tracker continued to show three pug-marks, indicating maximum distance for even close pokémons.

Niantic, posting on its “Pokémon GO” Facebook page said, “We have removed the ‘three-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature. We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world.” This feature was done away with in the game’s latest update.

A lot of third-party apps and websites had cropped up to help users find Pokémon locations across their surroundings. Many applications like Pokémapper, PoGOMaps, Poké Radar, etc helped the players find pokémon in their city. One such app, PokéVision got tremendously popular, as the app/website was taking location details directly from the Pokemon GO servers. PokéVision website went offline two days ago, and has been down ever since.

Many players of the game have shown their displeasure, claiming that instead of fixing the tracking feature in the game, Pokémon GO makers have done away with the feature completely, and also decided to do away with third party apps that were helpful in location finding.

A Facebook follower of the page, Melissa Azby, commented on Pokémon GO’s post saying, “If third party services were such an issue, perhaps you could choose one and partner with them to provide a reasonable tracking solution while we wait for you to fix the in game features. The game really is pointless in my area without Pokévision.”

Niantic also announced the launch of the game in Brazil in the post.

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