Pokemon GO can now track steps like a smartwatch or fitness band

Pokemon GO can now track steps like a smartwatch or fitness band

One would think that Pokemon Go would be all but dead after it's initial hype died out.

Walking is a big part of Pokémon Go; you have to walk not only to find monsters to catch, but also to hatch the eggs that are often the easiest way to get your hands on some of the rarer critters in the game.

One of the most frustrating elements of Pokemon Go, and one thing that has plagued the game since launch, is that it's impossible to accomplish anything without leaving the app open on your phone. On Android, it works by syncing with Google Fit to translate your steps from that app into valuable walking distance in Go.

Niantic announced that their Real World Platform (which powers its various games) will have a new feature called Adventure Sync that will allow players to record their steps in-game without having it open. Niantic plans to allow Pokemon GO players to replace numerous features offered by a smartwatch or a fitness band with its app while awarding them with in-game rewards at the same time.

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"The new gameplay system will sync in the background with iOS HealthKit and Android Google Fit", Niantic said in a blog post, "and give players access to a weekly summary that highlights distance traveled on foot and other stats, including calories burned or steps counted, if their device makes those available".

Plus, Adventure Sync will deliver a weekly summary, where you can see your Incubator and Candy progress as well as important activity statistics.

Previously only a Pokemon Go Plus would allow you to run the game in the background. You'll also be able to see in your trainer profile how many kilometres you've travelled. Stay safe, and happy exploring!

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