When Pokemon GO first came out it became a hit sensation. Everyone was going outside catching Pokemon and having a good time. But it had one major flaw that everyone agreed needed work — the Pokemon tracker.
Essentially, when the mobile game first came out the only way players could know where Pokemon were was through the use of an approximation within the game. Players would track Pokemon through their “footprints” which was an indicator of how far away they were.
It was, to put it bluntly, terrible and unreliable. So much so that when people complained about it, Niantic decided to just remove it from the game altogether.
A few months ago Niantic announced that they were working on a new feature to replace the footprint system. And it seems that feature is finally here.
Pokemon GO Tracker Returns: Who Has It?
A new update to the popular mobile app contains a new tracking feature. Instead of using footprints to approximate where a Pokemon is, this new tracker instead highlights nearby PokeStops and indicates what Pokemon are hanging out there.
According to an update post from Niantic, the new tracker is only available in the United States, Canada, and Australia for now.
To be precise, this feature is available in the following regions:
- United States of America: All states west of the Mississippi River (except Hawaii and Alaska)
- Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the western half of Ontario
- Australia: All states and territories
In addition to that, they also had this to say:
After reviewing your feedback, we have made some changes to the Nearby feature we were originally testing in San Francisco, California. We have changed the feature to only show the Nearby feature if a PokéStop is close to your location. In addition, we have also made changes to the way Sightings now works.
No news as of yet on when this update will arrive to other areas.
Their entire update post can be found here.
Trouble in Paradise
While it seems nice to receive an update like this, there are already some glaring issues that people are noticing with the new tracker.
Some Redditors on TheSilphRoad, a popular Pokemon GO forum, have pointed out that the new tracker is near useless for locations that don’t have that many PokeStops.
Reddit user cgmccage had this to say:
With many other users in the previously linked thread making similar comments.
It seems the new tracker still needs some refinement and hopefully Niantic is listening to these complaints. We can only hope that they’ll make the necessary adjustments to the new feature before releasing the update to the other parts of the globe.