One of the major concerns of a Pokemon GO trainer is the unavailability of an in-game system that tracks nearby pokemon. Because of that, players resort to downloading third party apps which is against the terms and agreement of the mobile ame. Now, Pokemon GO provides a solution for that.
The previous nearby pokemon system only showed the available pokemons on various spawning points. When Pokemon GO just started last June, iOS players had the privilege to be guided by footsteps corresponding to the radius of the player, but still, it had no way to determine the exact location.
Now, hunting for these virtual cute monsters is easier. Nine (appears to be the current limit though) pokemons can be tracked down on their exact locations. When you click the nearby pokemon screen, you can see that there are pokemons located near the pokestops.
Once you select a desired pokemon to catch, the game diverts you to another screen showing the footsteps, indicating how far is the pokemon from the current location.
The fun does not end there. When you click on the footsteps icon, the feature will show the exact location of the pokemon.
Pokemon appearing on lures are not detected. It is the same with the old version of this feature.
I believe Niantic’s update of the nearby pokemon feature is the response of “illegal” third party trackers which steals data from their servers. Several accounts have been temporarily or permanently banned because of using unauthorized software.
Aside from trackers, one of the main concerns among are “flyers” who spoofs GPS into different locations. With the use of 3rd party trackers, it will be convenient for “flyers” to collect all the rare pokemons.
For me though, the updated version of the nearby feature is definitely an upgrade. It is certainly fun to look something we can surely find.
Although, the update do not show a bigger map, I think it is still better. It’s probably stressful to track a pokemon 10 kilometers away but will disappear within 15 minutes.
Based on the official site, the update appears to be a “test” for now. Niantic team is very much open for suggestions for the improvement of the game.