The latest "Pokemon GO" update came with a slew of fixes. Niantic fixed, among other things, the tracking of Pokemon in the game.
According to C|Net, there are two different types of trackers currently being tested. However, not all players will get a chance to test out both. In fact, some players may not have the choice of either.
The first is the Sighting Tracker, where some players get a feature that shows them what Pokemon are nearby. As helpful as this feature seems to be, players are not told how close these Pokemon are, nor in what direction they can be found.
Forbes adds that the list changes per active areas, which are given away by tufts of grass on the map. The list then changes per area that the player is near. Reportedly, the list is refreshed every ten seconds of play, depending on which certain Pokemon are spawned and despawned during that time.
The other is called the Nearby Tracker. Here, players are given more help in tracking down Pokemon. Other than listing down the Pokemon within the player's current location, it also lists the PokeStops that players will need to visit in order to collect the creature.
In order to do so, trainers need only tap on the Pokemon they want to search for, then hit the "View" button. Players will then be taken back to the map. After which, the screen will zoom into the area that holds the PokeStop. Further, players will be notified if the Pokemon has already left the initially noted area. "The Pokemon fled! Check the nearby list for other Pokemon."
As mentioned earlier, some players will get both, one or none of the new tracker features. This is because both types are still being tested out by Niantic. In a statement issued by the company, it was said that "We're currently testing a variation of the "Nearby Pokémon" feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI."