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New Pokemon GO Update Fixes GPS Bug, Changes Egg Hatching

By Alvin Elfwine , Jan 18, 2017 04:00 AM EST

It's been a while since Pokemon GO players received something new from developer Niantic. Just recently, the silence was finally broken. The studio has released a new update to game, bringing a couple of notable changes. Apparently, it fixes what appears to be a bug in the mobile game.

According to the official site of Niantic, Pokemon GO has been updated to version 1.23.1 and version 0.53.1 for iOS and Android respectively. All in all, there are a total of three changes made to the game. First is the minor text fixes, something that's been regular and minor. Second is the update brought to Apple Watch, so as to display all the Eggs obtained by players from PokeStops. And lastly, it's the change made to distance tracking to remedy the GPS drift.

In the case of the third one, it may appear like a simple bug fix for Pokemon GO. In its most organic form, GPS drift occurs whenever the satellites tend to get scrambled on a player's exact position. With that, it's either the player moves or jumps a little bit.

In the case of Pokemon GO, this occurrence is actually substantial to the players. Forbes notes that even the smallest counts of GPS drifts tend to add up over time. And as this happens, it gives players even the slightest of distance despite standing still.

One can't blame Niantic for removing it in Pokemon GO. However, as what the publication states, it should be there for a plenty of good reason. One is the fact that winter is all over other countries, and in this case, GPS drift can be beneficial. Moreover, the endgame of the mobile app is pretty much about egg hatching. Removing it only makes the process ridiculously long.

What are your thoughts on the new update Niantic released to Pokemon GO? Are you happy with the change the studio did to the GPS drift? Let us know what you're thinking at the comment section below!

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