From the moment it was forced on us, the nearby tracker was a mess. It showed mostly common Pokemon that people didn’t care about, it ignored Pokemon that weren’t standing on top of Poke Stops, and it made the game nearly unplayable for rural players. Thankfully, Niantic have come to their senses and the Pokemon GO nearby tracker has been improved (albeit only slightly).
Here’s the exact announcement they made to the official Facebook page: “Trainers, The Nearby Pokémon feature is being expanded to more locations. Trainers in most regions of the world, who can access Pokémon GO from the App Store or Google Play, can now test this new feature. To provide a better experience when searching for Pokémon in the real world, we have also made some changes to the way the Nearby Pokémon feature functions when there are only a few PokéStops in range. We will continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts and in other channels and make changes if necessary. —The Pokémon GO team”
There are three important things to note about this announcement. First, the tracker has (obviously) been updated. Second, the tracker has been rolled out to “most regions of the world”. And third, Niantic say they are going to “continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts… and make changes if necessary.” I’ll circle around to the part in bold later. Before that, let’s take a look at how the new tracker appears when you have only one Poke Stop nearby:
As far as I can tell, if you have three or less Pokemon on your “nearby” list, the “sightings” list will appear underneath. And, as soon as a fourth Pokemon is added to the “nearby” list, you will lose the “sightings” list entirely (or at least that’s what happened to me).
I think it’s pretty safe to say that the Pokemon GO nearby tracker has been improved, but it’s still nothing to write home about. The fact that the “sightings” list disappears entirely when a fourth Pokemon is added to the “nearby” list is far from ideal, especially when all four of the “nearby” Pokemon are Rattata, Pidgey, Zubat, and Spearow.
But what do you think? Do you think the Pokemon GO nearby tracker has been improved? Do you think it still needs to be worked on? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, and be sure to leave your feedback for Niantic on their social media profiles! After all, they said that they are going to make changes based on what we, the players, want, so don’t be shy!
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