A new mobile app surfaces that functions a lot like Pokevision, allowingPokemon GO players to accurately track Pokemon, find rare Pokemon, and know how long they are available.
When sites like Pokevision were shut down by the latest Pokémon GO update, most knew it was only a matter of time before a new breed of apps and sites appeared. And just two days after the update, one third party tracking site has risen, and it might actually be the best one yet.
Titled Smart Poke 2, this latest app is exclusive to Android devices at the moment, but will surely expand if the demand is high enough. We can’t imagine it won’t be, but even if the app doesn’t expand there will likely be dozens of copycats before the week is up. Pokémon GO is a cultural phenomenon and any opportunity to cash in on its success is unlikely to go untapped.
On the surface, Smart Poke is fairly simple. The app shows players what Pokémon are nearby, their rarity level, and how long they will be in a given area. Smart Poke 2 will even notify a player if they walk by rare Pokémon, which is a very useful feature considering Pokémon GO secretly turned off its battery saver mode on iOS. The only other thing to note is that the app is in beta, so don’t expect it to be without some growing pains.
Unfortunately, the same is true of Pokémon GO, which has undergone some major ebbs and flows since its release a few weeks ago. Initially the game became all anyone could talk about or do, and it generated countless news stories revolving around its popularity.
But eventually developer Niantic began to speak at length about the future of the game, and it seemed as if the developer was turning against its own community. CEO John Hanke said that sites like Pokevision, one of the most popular Pokémon tracking sites available, went against the spirit of the game put up a lot of red flags for players, and when a recent update shut down Pokevision many turned against Niantic and Pokémon GO. Just a quick browsing of thePokémon GO subreddit will show that the community is taking a decidedly negative turn.
Hopefully, Niantic learns from their missteps and lets sites and apps like Smart Poke 2 exist. Yes, they make it easier to find Pokémon and to cut right to the chase, but if the sites are popular then it means the game is popular still.
Ultimately, this situation can play out in three different ways. One, Niantic can introduce its own form of Pokevision that accurately shows where region-specific Pokémon are spawning. Two, the developer can let third party sites exist and accept that they are just part of the community. Or three, Niantic can close off their community so much that Pokémon GO loses its luster and eventually the community abandons the game altogether. We will have to wait and see how things play out.