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Pokemon Go Launches On iOS And Android Today! [UPDATED]
Good news Pokemon fans! The highly-anticipated Pokemon Go made a sly appearance on the iOS and Android app stores this morning (Wednesday). The downside is that it only appears available in certain countries, specifically Australia and New Zealand. (If you do happen to live in one of these lucky areas you can download it for iOS here and Android here).
The augmented-reality title, developed by Niantic and backed by Nintendo, sees players using their smartphones to catch and train their very own Pokemon team, using their cameras and GPS to explore the populated world. It’s free to download and, with most freemium titles, it contains microtransactions. Additionally you’ll soon be able to buy an additional accessory that will let you catch Pokemon without unlocking your phone, alerting you to a nearby creature by vibrating and costing only $35.
Currently the game is not officially available in any other country. However, plenty of Android users have been downloading and installing the Pokemon Go APK file, which is available from multiple sources on the internet. It looks like you’ll need a device with Android 4.4 Kitkat or higher to get the APK working, alternatively you can wait for the official release which is rumoured to be sometime today!
We’ll keep you updated as Pokemon Go releases in other territories.
[UPDATE] – Thursday 7th July
Pokemon Go officially made it’s way to North America today and has quickly risen through the ranks of the App store. It currently sits at #1 in the free games chart for both iOS and Android (an unsurprising occurrence considering how many fans have been awaiting its release!) The Pokemon Company has said that Pokemon Go will be “coming soon to Europe, Canada and South America”.
Have you managed to play Pokemon Go yet? Let us know what you think of it by leaving a comment!