'Pokemon GO' Latest News & Updates: After Apple Watch, Game Coming To Android Wear Soon? Niantic Taking Measure To Hype Up Game Again?
Apple users were delighted when it was recently announced that they can now play "Pokemon Go" through their Apple Watch, without pulling their phones off their pockets. Reports, however, say that their Android user neighbours might be opting in soon if "Pokemon Go" would be made available to wearable Android devices.
GamesSpot said in a report that an executive of developer Niantic Labs has said that players with wearable Android devices are very likely to play "Pokemon Go" with them soon. It is also said that the studio wants to "evangelize the whole concept of playing games outside, real world games" and that they would want to support even more devices.
John Hanke, CEO of developer Niantic Labs, revealed to Tech Crunch, that his team will be putting in efforts to bringing the game to other devices. This is more in line with "Pokemon Go's" open world augmented reality gameplay, which seeks to integrate the game into life's daily activities. When Hanke was specifically asked if wearable Android devices are on their list, he responded that it is "pretty likely" which is practically a confirmation already.
While it has been recently confirmed that "Pokemon Go" will be playable on the Apple Watch, it has also been said that it will not be exclusive to Apple. "Pokemon Go" holds far too much interest for its availability to be monopolized by just one platform, so it is not surprising that the developer is working on more. In fact, Niantic Labs has even launched its own wearable device which is precisely for the sole purpose of playing "Pokemon Go."
The "Pokemon Go Plus" is a wearable device that vibrates and lights when some Pokemon are near and lets its wearer catch them without using his phone. It has been recently announced and although its release was delayed, it is already available for pre-order and will be shipping out worldwide soon.
"Pokemon Go" has been a global phenomenon since it was launched in July 2016; it had immediately become one of the most downloaded apps ever. Lately however, it has been reported that the game has less active players, but with Niantic putting in efforts for the game, it might be able to hold its rank.