Pokémon GO update adds avatar customization, UI tweaks, & performance improvements

By , Jul 30, 2016


Pokémon GO is one of the most popular free apps in the App Store today, and it has received a free app update on Saturday for both the iOS and Android platforms.

The iOS version has been brought up to version 1.1.0 and packs a decent list of changes that will appeal to all players. In this piece, we’ll talk about the new changes you’ll find in the latest version of the game.

What’s new?

Among the changes in the latest Pokémon GO update this weekend is the ability to go in and customize the avatar that you set up when you created your Pokémon GO account for the first time. This means you can change up your character’s hair, outfit, skin tone, and more.

In addition to making the avatar experience better, the game has also seen improvements to gym battle game play. Gym animations are now much more refined, and in some cases smoother.

When attacking other Pokémon in gym battles, the damage that you inflect on your opponent will now be far more accurately calculated, as some tweaks have been made to damage from attack strikes. This also includes adjustments to the damage that certain Pokémon attacks have on other Pokémon, namely those that are weaker or stronger against certain types.

The developers also appear to have removed the buggy footprints feature from the app’s nearby Pokémon radar. The radar will still work the same way, although the footprints don’t show up anymore when you’re Pokémon hunting. You can still look for Pokémon in the radar and it will pulse green when you’re walking in the right direction.

Improvements and fixes

In addition to adding and removing some features, Pokémon GO has also been given some minor tweaks that will improve the app’s memory usage greatly. This will be most noticed on devices with less memory, as switching between apps isn’t as laggy and the app now loads substantially faster on some devices.

Other miscellaneous improvements include:

  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounters
  • UI updates for the Pokémon details screen
  • Updated look for achievement medals
  • Fixes for graphical/text issues within the app
  • And more…

Wrapping up

For those of you who already have the Pokémon GO game installed on your device, you can download the updated version from the Updates tab in the App Store. If you’re not already playing Pokémon GO, you can download it for free from the App Store and get started.

Don’t forget to check out our various tutorials for playing Pokémon GO:

Have you downloaded today’s update? If so, what do you think of it? Share below!

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  • NervJMSL

    You mean they removed the only feature that made the game playable without Tracking websites instead of fixing it and releasing a bunch of inconsequential “fixes”

    • The footsteps feature has been broken since the initial release. It just wasn’t ready. The radar still works though.

      • NervJMSL

        It was working on release. Problem was they made it so distance was calculated on the server instead of just not showing pkmn till you got close. Hence they didn’t expect those calculations to multiply by million of users. Instead of just fixing servers and making sure it was ready they just started releasing it in other countries too.

      • askep3

        Completely agree. I hope they realize the way this hype thing works is that if you ruin the app like this everyone’s gonna leave and not come back, so rip Pokémon go (to a certain extent)

    • Justin Sane

      They turned off the tracker 3 weeks after the release in Austrlalia.
      They just left the footprints as a placebo.

      The new Beta tracker being tested in a few places, (San Francisco) is even worse than before, but better than nothing.

      If you tap on a Pokémon in the tracker, it shows you a pokéstop far away from you with an arrow, and paw prints.

      I tapped on a Magikarp that was on my feet and it showed me a pokéstop 1/4 mile away, an arrow pointing in my direction, and three paws.
      I would have walked all over if it wasn’t actually already right where I was.

  • Still terrible UI resolution on the iPad, huge stuttering menu animations and wrong viewing compass view….

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Why would you play this on the iPad? Lol

      • Dino Din

        LOL! I know right smh

      • Great Lengths

        Unless you’re 13 or younger, why the fvck would you play this at all?? Buncha weirdos. SMH

      • Moltakfire

        And why are you on an article about updates to Pokemon Go?

        Either you play it, or you want to read news about it. Either way, SMH.

      • Great Lengths

        That’s the best fuckin comeback you could come up with? I guess much can’t be expected from someone who plays faggot ass shit like Pokemon. =x

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Well sir, 13 year olds didnt grow up on this. We did. This is actually for our generation. But its ok you keep playing COD in your parents basement and we will enjoy ourselves. ☺

      • Legend

        I would destroy this kid in COD. 🙂 Using nothing but a sniper 😉

      • Great Lengths

        I’m sure you would faggot seeing as how I don’t even fuckin own a gaming console! Man I bet girls are sooo impressed with your mad COD skills, I bet you got ALL the FATTIES beggin you for your number! LMAO

      • Great Lengths

        Bitch I grew up playing real ass shit like Super Mario and Zelda! Not little faggot ass homo shit like Pokemon! Not to mention that I put away childish things when I grew up and became an ADULT! Fuckin Blues Clues watchin ass faggot!

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Ahh “real shit” didnt know Super Mario existed in real life. Good to know! And why so angry? Did you have a bad childhood? Did your step father hit you? I’m sorry man…it will get better, I promise! Hugs!

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        Lol what I know 30+ yr olds playing but most people that are playing are around 25-27 stop being a hater I know ur salty cause u came up on digimon bruh

      • :D

        Haha Digimon 😀

      • Great Lengths

        Ok my bad bruh! I should have known that thug ass niggas gotta have something to do inbeween committing armed robberies and home invasions!

        Stay black my nigga!

        Pokemon Lives Matter!! =)

      • Because on the iPad mini is comfortable cos of bigger screen and the battery lasts way longer than the iPhone.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Oh ok ipad mini. Thats more understandable.

  • 77090

    They removed the power save setting on iOS devices.

    • I had it on before but it constantly froze my game and I had it off since then. It doesn’t do much to be honest.

      • 77090

        Ok so I wasn’t the only one. I thought it was because I am on iOS 10.

      • Robert Mathews

        I’m on ios 10 and the power save function I assure you is still there

      • 77090

        You are the only one in the world that still has it then. They removed it with the new version.

      • :D

        It turns the screen off when you turn your phone upside down vertically (I.e. put it in your pocket). I used it to hatch eggs while jogging/cycling. It did freeze the game but it was still handy as steps still got registered.

  • Matthew Chisholm

    Anyone know if the update effects the jailbreak tweaks for the game? I’d test it myself but I’m waiting for a tetherless jailbreak method.

    • Ethan Monteon

      Why are you so picky? Just do it already. It doesn’t hurt to have it. Once it’s gone you ain getting another chance. I highly doubt they would burn another exploit to make it in unthetered. Even if they did it won’t be for a while. A LONG WHILE.

    • jamster440

      There won’t be an untethered jailbreak.

  • Mohannad Sabea

    No Pokestops, No Gyms, Even No Pokemons!!!

  • Barrymacochner

    3 footsteps bug didn’t kick in til 7/15, and worked somewhat for sorting out where to go for that rare spawn silhouette. Now it’s either sit on your ass at lures or wander aimlessly. At least using the third party trackers, I could attempt to find those rare spawns. More then a couple times in the last few weeks I hopped on my bike and hauled ass across town.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    @seb481:disqus ban this Great Lengths guy. I flagged him, but hes being very inappropriate. Theres no need for that kind of commenting here.