A new update has just been released for Pokemon Go. What has Niantic changed this time around?
Pokemon Go Version 0.47.1 for Android, and Version 1.17.0 for iOS, is not one of those updates that includes a plethora of new features. Instead, this seems to be a pretty minor one mainly intended to clean up a couple of glitches here and there, possibly in the leadup to a larger update that’s on its way. The patch notes explain, for instance, that this update took care of an issue where the egg-hatching cutscene could sometimes be visible from the map.
And, of course, the update includes “minor text fixes,” that elusive phrase that appears in the patch notes for every single Pokemon Go update but that tells us exactly nothing. Typically this indicates there are changes that are so unimportant that it’s not even worth mentioning them.
A lot of times, though, the updates include some other fixes that Niantic doesn’t spell out in the patch notes. A user on Reddit who got a hold of the update early pointed out, for example, that there is now a new sound effect when you close out of something in the game. There’s also a new sound effect that plays when you press on the compass. Speaking of the compass, tapping it now faces you north. Plus, it seems that the Poke Stop animation is slightly faster now.
Another change that is not mentioned in the patch notes is the fact that you can no longer spin a Poke Stop and gets its experience points if your bag is full. Prior to this update, if you had a full bag and spun a Poke Stop, the icon would turn purple and you’d get some XP, but you wouldn’t be able to collect the items. Now, if you have a full bag and you spin the Poke Stop, not only can you not collect the items, but the icon won’t turn purple and you won’t get any XP.
More exciting is the fact that one Reddit user reported that they no longer have the sightings feature, which could possibly be an indication that Niantic is finally getting ready to roll out the new tracking system that was supposed to be released several months ago.
Here are the full patch notes from Niantic released along with the update:
Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.47.1 for Android and 1.17.0 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.
Fixed an issue where the Egg-hatching cutscene animation would sometimes be briefly visible from the map view.
Minor text fixes
The Pokémon GO team