'Pokmon GO' update: patch that includes Buddy System caught in a snag before going live

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Over the weekend, Niantic Labs announced a new update for the very popular “Pokmon GO” game which includes a couple of interesting tweaks and add-ons. What is interesting however is that a couple of days after, the patch has yet to go live except for those using the Android application package (APK) version.

An article by Forbes cites that the new rollout has been readily available for players who are accessing “Pokmon GO” via the APK format. Given that, the update has already been tested a couple of times resulting in a pretty good response from gamers. However, given that not everyone has tried it, some players are getting frustrated over the fact that they have yet to utilize the different changes especially the hotly anticipated Buddy System.

Here are the improvements that the introduction of patch 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS are supposed to bring to “Pokmon GO” users, courtesy of the game’s official website:

The announcement includes the implementation of the Buddy Pokmon feature. “Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokmon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokmon by walking a certain distance.” The overall user interface has also been improved with some text updates as well as making “it easier to select smaller Pokmon on the screen.”

Other minor bug fixes specifically aimed towards the “issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation” and a more stable connection when the device is switching networks have been implemented. Lastly, support for Pokmon GO Plus is also being slowly rolled out ahead of the release of the complementary wearable gadget for the augmented reality game.

Meanwhile, a subsequent report by IGN confirms that the new update is finally rolling out to non-APK users. The patch is now available for download for U.S. Android users. Unfortunately, there was no mention of anything in regard to iOS players.

The Buddy System, which is arguably the highlight of the latest release from Niantic, allows players to technically pet one of the pocket monsters in their Pokdex. This new feature opens a plethora of new activities as well as incorporates new reward systems.