Google Maps updated with Pokemon Challenge

Google has updated its Maps app with Pokemon. And while it may seem like an April Fools joke, it's true: launch the app, hit the search bar, "Press Start," and you'll be able to start hunting down Pokemon.

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Google has updated its Maps app with Pokemon. And while it may seem like an April Fools joke, it's true: launch the app, hit the search bar, "Press Start," and you'll be able to start hunting down Pokemon. "We value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures. It turns out that these skills have a lot in common with another profession—that of the Pokémon Master," the announcement reads. "With that in mind, we’ve worked with Pokémon and Nintendo to develop a new training tool to help people hone their Pokémon-capturing abilities using Google Maps."

Browse maps while zoomed in to see Pokemon

Tap the icons to catch

There's even a Pokedex, although only 150 Pokemon are represented

It's unlikely that this conveniently-close-to-April-Fools challenge will actually culminate with someone getting the "Pokemon Master" job title at Google. However, you'll be able to find critters on the map near Mountain View (Google's HQ), Tokyo, and New York. Good luck!

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    March 31, 2014 10:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Google Maps updated with Pokemon Challenge.

    Google has updated its Maps app with Pokemon. And while it may seem like an April Fools joke, it's true: launch the app, hit the search bar, "Press Start," and you'll be able to start hunting down Pokemon.

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      March 31, 2014 10:39 AM

      I want to be the very best

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      March 31, 2014 10:58 AM

      I have caught three pokemon.

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      March 31, 2014 11:18 AM

      Well, in about 15 minutes, I have 56.

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        March 31, 2014 11:54 AM

        Where are you finding them? I've got 46 and I tried NYC (around the Google location, admittedly didn't comb all of Manhattan), Tokyo, the home base and Mountain View.

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          March 31, 2014 12:08 PM

          A lot of the landmark places in NYC have them, central park, etc.

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          March 31, 2014 12:09 PM

          Basically just those areas, although there is also one at Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto. You just have to scroll around at a close enough zoom to see them. Tokyo seems to have the most to me.

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            March 31, 2014 12:10 PM

            There's 10+ if you scroll around in Sydney AU.

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              March 31, 2014 12:26 PM

              Yeah, I found some in London too.

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                March 31, 2014 12:45 PM

                Somewhere there is an XML file or something that is specifying where all of these appear. If I could only capture the request for it somehow. Would be easier if the browser version of map worked with this game.

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                  March 31, 2014 12:48 PM

                  Install the app to an emulator, wireshark it?

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                    March 31, 2014 2:20 PM

                    Not a bad idea. Maybe I'll just use fiddler and proxy the traffic through that

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      March 31, 2014 12:09 PM

      I have 77 and am now kinda bored of this.

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      March 31, 2014 3:04 PM

      Charizard with a normal Pokeball?

      Yeah right.

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      March 31, 2014 3:13 PM

      Google- from now on you're not allowed to put stupid-ass easter eggs in your products until you bring the new version to feature parity with your old version.

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      April 1, 2014 12:40 AM

      So many lines of code to make this, none of which remove the default shake-to-send-feedback in the iOS client