The phenomenal popularity of the mobile game Pokemon Go may be starting to cool off -- according to the latest information from SurveyMonkey, the app has lost nearly a quarter of its users in the United States. It is hard to pinpoint the exact cause, but it may involve a combination of tracking issues, bans on cheating players, and simple consumer fatigue.
According to analytics firm NPD Group, sales of backup batteries for mobile devices have picked up in the two weeks that spanned July 10th until July 23rd of this year. That was also right around the time that the Pokemon Go mobile game was rolled out to the masses. Coincidence? Not likely, and backup battery makers can thank weirdly named little monsters (and their crazed hunters) for that.
Those who can not get enough of playing the Pokemon Go augmented reality game but need help improving their Pokeball throwing skills might want to check out the Pokeball Aimer. Basically, it is a 3D printable case for iPhone devices that is designed to guide the user’s finger into a more precise position when throwing a Pokeball to capture any one of those irresistible cute monsters with even cuter names. Sure, your rivals might accuse you of a bit of cheating when you use the Pokeball Aimer, but hey -- all is fair in love and catching Pokemon.
According to Apple, the Pokemon Go game just became the most downloaded mobile app ever in its first week of release in the history of the App Store. Actually, it took only four days for Pokemon Go to become the number one free mobile app in Apple’s US App Store. This is quite a remarkable achievement considering that the augmented reality game has not even finished rolling out yet across the globe.
In terms of the total volume of mobile game downloads around the world, Google’s Android mobile operating system certainly enjoys the lion’s share. According to a report published by development firm Unity3D, Android has captured an outrageous 82 percent share of mobile games downloaded during the second quarter of this year. As for Apple’s iOS platform, it managed to account for 17 percent of mobile game downloads in the same period.
There were reports earlier that the Pokemon Go game installed on iOS powered mobile devices asked for full access to a user’s Google account when signing up. But now, the developer of the game, Niantic Labs has rolled out an update that should modify the permissions needed. When requesting for information, the game now limits its permission to “Know who you are on Google” and “View your email address.”
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