Pokemon GO update brings Buddy Pokemon, removes support for rooted or jailbroken devices
Niantic has released an updated version of their Pokemon GO app for Android and iOS. While it comes with some bug fixes and improvements, it will remove support on rooted or jailbroken smartphones.
• Pokemon GO will be updated to version 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS devices. Check out some of the release notes from the development team:
• Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
• Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
• Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
• Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
• Pokémon GO Plus support
• Minor text fixes.
Niantic added that they will continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers. That said, they will implement stricter policies, one of which is the removal of support for rooted or jailbroken devices.
“We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO. Remember to download Pokémon GO from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only.”
Rooted Android users need not fret though as someone has found a workaround which involves the use of Magisk mod developed by XDA user topjohnwu. Android Police made a guide which you can read here. Do note that there’s a possibility that you would ruin your device’s software if you’re not careful so proceed at your own risk.
source: Pokemon GO Live