The word Pokémon brings in a lot of nostalgia for us. Back in the 90’s, it used to be one of our favourite cartoons. But now it is no longer a cartoon for us anymore. Thanks to John Hanke. He worked for 20 years to give us Pokémon Go. This game is based on Augmented Reality (AR) that helps us catch Pokémon in real life too!
The app became the most downloaded app in United States of America 3 days after its launch. In fact, such is the craze of this app that it is trending more than Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. It is available in a couple of languages – English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish
About Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go was launched on 6th July 2016. The app was officially launched in Australasia, Germany, United States and parts of Europe. It is available at Google Play Store or iTunes in the regions mentioned above. With the massive interest, it has gained with the initial release; the app would soon launch in your area. If it is not yet available in your location, you may stay with us until the end of the article, and we will guide you how to download it 😉
The app is based on augmented reality (explained later). You can play it as a single-player, or if you are more of a competitive type, then you can also go online and complete with others. Like any other Android app, this app is free to download with an option of in-app purchase as well.
Download Pokémon Go in India
Pre-requisites to download Pokémon Go:
- The minimum iOS version in your i-devices should be iOS 8.0, and that of Android should be Android 4.4 (2 GB RAM)
- The app uses a couple of phone features like the GPS, camera, and the internet.
That’s pretty much it. However, the compatibility requirements might change. If you have an issue, visit www.PokemonGo.com. You can head over to Google Play Store or download the.APK file from Apkmirror
Here is a screenshot that will help you understand Augmented Reality. If you still have queries, shoot us in the comments below.
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How to Conserve battery while playing Pokémon Go?
Let’s be real friends. An app that uses the camera, GPS and the internet will suck you phone’s battery life. No matter how much capacity our battery has, they always get drained at the end of the day. If you add a couple of hours of Pokémon Go to that, you phone will surely die within half a day. We will provide you with small yet significant hacks to keep your phone running till you are back home.
- Charger/Power Bank: If your workplace has a facility to charge and allows you to use charging points, then you can plug-in to save your phone from dying. If not, then you can carry a power bank to fuel your phone.
- Battery Saver Mode: Smartphones these days have battery saver modes. Some even come with ultra battery saver mode. But we are not talking about that. In the Pokémon Go app, there is an option named ‘Battery Saver’. Activate it to last longer.
- Offline Maps: This is another important option to enjoy more battery. Offline Maps helps you use augmented reality as well as save battery.
- Switch off AR: We know how much battery is consumed when we use the camera. To cut down your battery usage, you can turn off Augmented Reality. However, that would destroy the essence of the game.
How to block all social media updates of Pokémon Go?
Not everyone is a fan of playing games. Any if you are of that category, then this section if the article is for you. If you are sick of the Pokémon Go updates flooding your timeline on every social media platform, follow this basic step and get rid of them!
There is a particular plugin named ‘Pokémon Go Away’. Yes, it is what it sounds. It is a simple Chrome extension that when once installed in your Chrome, it scans social media and famous (Facebook, Twitter, 9gag, etc.) for Pokémon Go updates and hides them upon finding it.
Drawback of the app
Pokémon Go requires you to log in with your email id or you Gmail id. Users claim that the app gets full access to your email i.e. they can read and send emails and collect information from the email. When the problem was reported, the developers assured the users that they would soon look for a suitable solution to this issue. Also, Google has taken an initiative so that the app would only access the necessary information of the users (like name, age, etc.) and not the emails. Updates would be rolled out soon. However, nothing has to be done at the user end.
That’s all about Pokémon Go. It has taken over Android and iPhones and has almost become a part of our daily lives. Do share your views on this with us.