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What You Need to Know About Pokemon Go

The much awaited location-based augmented reality game by Niantic, Pokemon Go is now officially available for download in Google Play Store and App Store for both Android and iOS users in the Philippines and other 14 countries in Asia.

Pokemon Go GooglePlus Page Official Announcement
Pokemon Go GooglePlus Page Official Announcement

This hottest mobile game was first released in USA last month, July 7, 2016 and after a few weeks it was launched on other nearby countries. As of today it is currently playable for almost 60 countries.

Pokemon Go is based from the most popular Nintendo Pokemon Company characters where you need to select your starting pokemon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle), battle with other trainers and gym leaders, and also catch all the remaining pokemon to complete the Pokedex.

pokemon-go-augmented-realityIf you played Pokemon Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue versions before in  your Nintendo Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Color, or Gameboy Advanced, then playing this new Pokemon game will be easier for you as you already have a good understanding about the game, from leveling up your pokemon, capturing, hatching eggs, in-game items, and most importantly the weaknesses and strengths of every pokemon types.

What’s cool about this new Pokemon Game by Niantic is that you as a pokemon trainer need to physically walk and search for real world locations for hidden pokemon and catch them using  a Pokeball.

I’m pretty sure you are now excited to try this latest augmented game by Niantic, but before that you must first determine whether your mobile or smartphone supports the game by checking the requirements below.

Pokemon Go Requirements

about-device
Go to Settings>About Device or About Phone

Android

  • Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 (Android Kitkat and above)
    (Android N will not be supported until the official Android release)
  • Preferred resolution of 720×1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, or 3G and  4G mobile DATA)
  • GPS and Location Services

iOS

  • iPhone 5+
  • iOS 8+
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Jailbroken devices are not supported

Source: https://support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us/articles/221958248-Supported-devices

To check the version of your current Android OS, go to settings>about device. If your device is not compatible with Pokemon Go or you can’t see the game in Play Store or App Store, you might want to try running a software update because you can’t really install the game if your device is Android Jellybean 4.2.1 and below or iOS7 below.

List of Pokemon Go Supported Countries

  1. Philippines
  2. Brunei
  3. Cambodia
  4. Indonesia
  5. Laos
  6. Malaysia
  7. Singapore
  8. Thailand
  9. Vietnam
  10. Taiwan
  11. Papua New Guinea
  12. Fiji
  13. Solomon Islands
  14. Federated States of Micronesia
  15. Palau
  16. Japan
  17. Italy
  18. Spain
  19. Portugal
  20. Austria
  21. Belgium
  22. Bulgaria
  23. Croatia
  24. Cyprus
  25. Czech Republic
  26. Denmark
  27. Estonia
  28. Finland
  29. Greece
  30. Greenland
  31. Hungary
  32. Iceland
  33. Ireland
  34. Latvia
  35. Lithuania
  36. Luxembourg
  37. Malta
  38. Netherlands
  39. Norway
  40. Poland
  41. Romania
  42. Slovakia
  43. Slovenia
  44. Sweden
  45. Switzerland
  46. UK
  47. USA
  48. Australia
  49. Europe
  50. Canada
  51. France
  52. Hongkong
  53. Germany

How to Play the Game

pokemon-go-login-pageNow that you know whether your smartphone supports the game or not, go to Play Store if you are using Android, or App Store for iOS users, then download the game by typing Pokemon Go. Just be sure the developer is Niantic because you will see a lot of pokemon go related stuff, mostly are guides for the game.

The file size of the game is approximately 59MB and you can easily download it over Wi-Fi connectivity, then after that you need to sign in using your Google account and start playing the game.

Once you are inside the game, you will have a choice to customize your character appearance, clothing and stuff. After that Professor Willow will give you pokeballs and will let you choose your starting pokemon. I prefer Squirtle over the 3 pokemon, although I’ve been seeing guides about how to capture the 4th pokemon option pikachu, but haven’t tried it so far. I will update this guide when I’ve prove it to myself that it is legit.

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