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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

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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5 Responses

  1. Imagi says:

    has the update been implemented in the philippines? wala pa kasi on google play.

  2. xakra07 says:

    This game is catching your mind but at the end. No one can stay longer coz no fighting to co trainers .. kinda boring . . . Much better play poke land

  3. rxs says:

    kung sinasabay ba naman sana nila ang pagda-dagdag ng mga spawn rate ng pokemon at pokestops sa rural areas, esp. sa provinces, edi di na maisipan na mag cheat ng iba. ni hindi na nga din sila tumatanggap ng request for pokestops/gyms eh. papakealaman pa ang mga jb at rooted device eh matagal na yang mga rooted at jb’d. not to mention yung content, ni walang wild pokemon battles, di maka pili ng moveset, etc. huli ka lang ng huli at gym battles lang meron. siguro nga ma dadagdag yang mga feature na yan in the future updates, pero wag na sana nila pakealaman ang mga jb’d at rooted users. consumers pa mag aadjust …

  4. JessPH says:

    As if Pokemon Go users are not decreasing by huge numbers, Niantic has to ban users using jailbroken/rooted devices.

  5. Jacque says:

    They should’ve open the request page for pokéstops and gyms. We’re losing motivation to play the game when we only have 4 pokéstops and NO gym in our CITY. Nakakatawa. Mabuti pa yung kalapit na lugar (TOWN) may dalawang magkalapit na gym kami na city WALA! ????????????

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