Pokemon Go Snapshot adds AR camera function to mobile game

Niantic Labs surprised and delighted Pokemon Go fans around the world today with the announcement of Pokemon Go Snapshot, a AR photo mode for the popular mobile game.

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The Pokemon Go team surprised fans of the mobile game today with a brand new augmented reality camera feature. Pokemon Go Snapshot was inspired by all the photos taken with the game's AR+ feature. Today's announcement will allow players to take pictures of Pokemon in a brand-new way. 


Here's the official statement from the Pokemon Go team:

Introducing GO Snapshot—an easy way to take a photo of any Pokémon you have in your Pokémon Storage! You can find the feature when looking at a specific Pokémon or accessing the camera in your Bag of items.

It’s simple to use. Select a Pokémon and tap on the screen to throw its Poké Ball to that spot. Once your Pokémon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo. Is your Pokémon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you.

Take as many photos as you like during your session. Once you’re finished, all photos are saved to your device automatically! It’s also easier than ever to share your favorite photo via social media. Just select the linked social channel you want to share with, and you can show your friends your masterpiece with a couple of quick taps.

We can’t wait to see the amazing photos you’ll take of your Pokémon! Don’t forget to send us your works of art with #GOsnapshot, so we can show them off, too! Let’s grab our cameras and GO!


Are you going to get back into Pokemon Go to try out Snapshot? Check out our Pokemon Go page at Shacknews for all the latest news and guides. Be sure to share your pics and divx in the comment thread below. Surely no one will use this newfound AR feature to put lovable Pokemon in inappropriate or hilarious places. Right?

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