Pokemon Go will soon support trading, leaderboards, and maybe even Hololens

Niantic has some big plans for Pokemon Go, including possibly being supported by dedicated AR headsets like the Hololens.

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Pokemon Go is about to be more addictive thanks to some upcoming features Niantic has planned for the popular mobile game.

Speaking with Business Insider, Niantic CEO John Hanke teases the ability to trade Pokemon with other players by saying “it’s kind of a core element.” While Hanke didn’t go into specifics as to how that would be done, he does say trading Pokemon ties in with one of Pokemon Go’s core virtues as it’ll encourage players to interact with each other, both in virtual and real worlds.

Interactions with Pokestops and Gyms will also receive some new features as they currently exist in their “very, most basic versions.” In future updates, players will be given the ability to customize how they function in other ways. Global leaderboards, improvements to the AR feature, and even talk of expanding to dedicated AR devices have also been mentioned.

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    July 11, 2016 8:47 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Pokemon Go will soon support trading, leaderboards, and maybe even Hololens

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      July 11, 2016 9:32 AM

      Support battling with friends!

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      July 11, 2016 9:48 AM

      Needs more Pokemon in Canada.

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      July 11, 2016 9:53 AM

      And Pokemons at gyms will still go invincible at 1 hp. Haha.

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        July 11, 2016 11:36 AM

        nope, this seems to be fixed now. Battling is still a complete mash fest, I wish it was turn based like the games.

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          July 11, 2016 11:46 AM

          As of when? As of yesterday evening, every gym I've tried fighting at has had this bug.

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            July 11, 2016 12:51 PM

            I actually beat several gyms today w/o issue, so maybe it is actually fixed (as of today).

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      July 11, 2016 10:07 AM

      people on my FB feed crying about level 1k gym leaders, in downtown Seattle. lol pay2win.

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      July 11, 2016 10:27 AM

      Cool, Hololens would be perfect for this game.

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      July 11, 2016 10:41 AM

      This will be the killer app for Hololens.

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      July 11, 2016 10:43 AM

      is there a reason I haven't found any gyms? I live in downtown Austin so I would have thought there would be a bunch around? I am level 6...

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        July 11, 2016 3:23 PM

        Weird. Downtown lac la biche had one lol.

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      July 11, 2016 10:45 AM

      Hololens? Isn't that not a real product? What does that even mean? Hololens isn't even mentioned in the article.

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      July 11, 2016 11:58 AM

      Wtf poke stops only have like 3 poke balls? That's worthless.

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        July 11, 2016 11:59 AM

        I got a egg at one.

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          July 11, 2016 11:59 AM

          How am I supposed to keep getting enough poke balls?

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            July 11, 2016 12:01 PM

            you have to farm the poke stops for more balls

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              July 11, 2016 1:14 PM

              The stops are few and far between on my side of town. I am sad. I have no balls to catch pokemons and I am sure not going to pay cash for them :-/

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            July 11, 2016 12:06 PM

            You can hit them every 5 minutes

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            July 11, 2016 12:36 PM

            You know how. Get out your wallet.

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            July 11, 2016 12:37 PM

            Depends where you live I guess. I can't walk for 2 minutes without coming across a new Pokestop.

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            July 11, 2016 3:11 PM

            They refresh really fast, just chill at a Pokestop for a bit.

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        July 11, 2016 12:08 PM

        I must be doing this shit wrong then because I have 250 pokeballs in reserve! Or maybe I'm just hitting more stops than you... They're everywhere where I work.

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        July 11, 2016 12:47 PM

        Welp.. There is a poke stop that I can reach from my desk at work. Didn’t realize I could just farm it.

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          July 11, 2016 1:07 PM

          yep, it turns pink when it's tapped out and back to blue when you can hit it again

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      July 11, 2016 12:03 PM

      This game works so much better in cities with decent public transit.

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      July 11, 2016 12:19 PM

      So I downloaded this - it's showing Pokemons in houses down the street and in backyards and crap. Do they really expect people to go prowling through backyards looking for these lol?

      Also, what's actually involved in finding them in AR mode? The one it said was inside my place didn't appear to show up in that mode no matter what I tried.

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        July 11, 2016 12:44 PM

        you dont need to get that close, if you are on the street in front of the house it should be close enough

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          July 11, 2016 12:54 PM

          yah 40 meters is the distance to interact with anything in the game. ~131ft for those of us who don't know meters.

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      July 11, 2016 12:21 PM

      Nintendo's mobile strategy:
      2008: what's an iPhone
      2010: what's an Android
      2012: nope
      2014: still no
      2016: change how society functions

      https://twitter.com/levie/status/752358516950642688

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      July 11, 2016 12:26 PM

      Apparently if you use Pokemon go on ios and use your Google account to sign in, it gets full access to your entire Google account

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        July 11, 2016 12:49 PM

        o_O oh really that's kind of nuts. Have a link to it?

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        July 11, 2016 12:49 PM

        how is that even possible

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        July 11, 2016 12:51 PM

        What.

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        July 11, 2016 1:00 PM

        wow wtf. was probably not intentional and a terrible bug by the dev but damn

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          July 11, 2016 1:19 PM

          It's laziness... it really should have just taken them 10 mins to look up the correct scope ID instead of using the one that gives full control.

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          July 11, 2016 1:36 PM

          why would this not be intentional? they want maximum data scraping. a prompt-less automated full access to google accounts is magical. they love it. I didn't think this was even possible but there you have it.

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            July 11, 2016 1:40 PM

            If Niantic's servers get hacked and those tokens are leaked, whoever gets those tokens can do anything they want on those accounts (read Google docs, see GPS location history, remotely wipe phones, manage cloud resources, you name it). That would be *really*, *really* bad press for Niantic. So, that would probably be a reason not to request full access from their users.

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              July 11, 2016 1:50 PM

              I'm more worried about this than Niantic selling my info

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              July 11, 2016 1:50 PM

              I blame Google. Developers shouldn't even have the ability to request full access to your account. In the rare exception where they would need it (browser, operating system, etc.) there should be very explicit notifications with flashing lights and blaring sirens.

              This is a huge violation of trust.

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                July 11, 2016 2:02 PM

                Yeah I don't disagree. Requesting full access should hardly ever be necessary.

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                  July 11, 2016 2:30 PM

                  still wondering how that was even possible. a complete skeleton key granted with no popups or anything.

                  necessary is irrelevant, obviously, since companies want maximum access for data scraping. this one happened to get it, so I am wondering how many more apps pop up with that sort of full permissions to google embedded in the app. just by logging in, you are granting permanent FULL access to that app. it doesn't even say anything... at all. and if you revoke it at google, and log back in... there it is, back with full access again.

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                    July 11, 2016 2:37 PM

                    Every other time I've logged in with Google, I usually get a screen describing what kind of access it's requesting, IIRC.

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                July 11, 2016 2:34 PM

                Given that Niantic was likely still part of Google when they started building this, it seems like:
                A) not that big a deal
                B) they probably still should have known better

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              July 11, 2016 2:00 PM

              Yeah, they just became such a massive target I'd be terrified.

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              July 11, 2016 2:36 PM

              In my experience, my token expires several times a day, so it's not like every account that has played is exposed.

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            July 11, 2016 1:59 PM

            well the first sign of it is its only on ios and not android

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        July 11, 2016 1:04 PM

        Oof, yeah, you're right.

        Ingress only needs basic account info. Doesn't look like there's any way to change it either?

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        July 11, 2016 1:09 PM

        haha what?? account deleted. the developers are fucking maniacs.

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        July 11, 2016 1:36 PM

        Yeah I just revoked access. I guess I'll have to start over with a Pokemon trainer account?

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          July 11, 2016 1:37 PM

          now that this news is out, the trainer account portal won't work for a long time.

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            July 11, 2016 1:38 PM

            I was JUST thinking that. Last week I tried to make an account for my kidlet and I had a really hard time connecting to the portal. Now it's REALLY not going to work lol

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          July 11, 2016 1:52 PM

          Same. Done. Not thrilled.

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        July 11, 2016 1:38 PM

        Apparently only on iOS. On my Android it's not connected.

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        July 11, 2016 1:39 PM

        glad I used a throwaway google account for it then

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        July 11, 2016 2:15 PM

        Shitty. Revoked and uninstalled.

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        July 11, 2016 2:43 PM

        Just tried with a second dummy google account and it seems like it still works fine even after you revoke access. YMMV though.

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          July 11, 2016 2:48 PM

          Oh but then it silently adds itself back in if you sign out/in again. Wow.

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        July 11, 2016 2:51 PM

        Glad I used a secondary Gmail account.

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      July 11, 2016 12:31 PM

      There's a Pokestop right outside my office window and someone keeps putting lures on it. I need to get work done, people!

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        July 11, 2016 12:32 PM

        There's a pokestop that is in my office. Like its the ground floor art installation. Also theres one right outside the office too. Their is a gym on the fox lot too.

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      July 11, 2016 1:42 PM

      This game seems to eat battery pretty quick. I have it running just sitting on my desk and its used about 3% battery in 15 minutes

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        July 11, 2016 1:49 PM

        Yeah it killed my phone in an hour and a half yesterday. It sucks battery like nobody's business

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        July 11, 2016 1:49 PM

        Yeah it killed my phone in an hour and a half yesterday. It sucks battery like nobody's business

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      July 11, 2016 1:45 PM

      there really are no gyms in downtown Austin. wtf???

      https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1NiLI_mquNAUusU-dUg3GfhSvWnk&hl=en_US

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      July 11, 2016 1:51 PM

      A big twitch streamer is playing GO at his mall: https://www.twitch.tv/summit1g
      pretty funny

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        July 11, 2016 1:54 PM

        "I think it's the stupidest thing I've ever done in my life." lol

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        July 11, 2016 3:11 PM

        50K viewers watching this guy play pokemon

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          July 11, 2016 4:17 PM

          Can you imagine Twitch Plays Pokemon GO! ?Just attach it to a robot or drone and let twitch drive it into a car.

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            July 11, 2016 5:30 PM

            They'd drive it into an airport in the first 5 minutes then fill the chat with kappas.

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      July 11, 2016 2:34 PM

      I just find it ironic because nintendo is the last to embrace online gaming and violence because they want whats best for kids

      well guess what kids are getting mugged now!

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      July 11, 2016 3:11 PM

      Ok, I discovered a major source of irritation: You can spend a bunch of time and resources leveling up a gym, only to have some other random schmoe stick their Pokemon in the new slot before you can get to it.

      It really stifles my motivation to play, since there is zero benefit to controlling gyms except to have your Pokemon there to earn stardust and coins.

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      July 11, 2016 3:29 PM

      Where do poke stop markers come from?

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        July 11, 2016 3:42 PM

        From Ingress

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          July 11, 2016 3:43 PM

          I don't mean where did the idea of the game come from. Literally how do I get markers so I can mark pokestops is my question. :)

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            July 11, 2016 3:51 PM

            At the moment you can't.

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              July 11, 2016 3:52 PM

              Oh? How do they work?

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                July 11, 2016 3:56 PM

                In the early days of Ingress, it was possible for anyone to submit a location to be whatever the Ingress equivalent of a Pokestop is. The requests had to be reviewed by actual people who decided whether to put the location in the game. Eventually a combination of enough locations and too much manpower to review new submissions resulted in them discontinuing the process. AFAIK there is still no process for people not working at Niantic to submit new locations.

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                  July 11, 2016 3:57 PM

                  Oh, okay. I found there on my walk today but when I clicked it just showed a blank button and when I tapped that it said find markers or something.

                  Guessing no Official Canadian stops then since it's not launched here.

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                    July 11, 2016 3:58 PM

                    Three*

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                    July 11, 2016 4:01 PM

                    Oh, you're in Canada. Here in the US a blank stop means there's a stop there, but the app hasn't managed to load the data, because the app is terrible. In Canukistan it might mean that, or it might mean there's a stop but it hasn't been enabled since the game isn't out yet, or it might mean something else. I don't know.

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                      July 11, 2016 4:04 PM

                      All helpful, thanks Arc! ;)

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                      July 11, 2016 5:02 PM

                      Pretty sure you can load Pokestops anywhere, assuming you get a stable connection to the game. It's loading the exact same dataset as Ingress for locations, and I doubt they even have the ability to disable entire regions. When it had launched in New Zealand and Australia, but wasn't out in the US, you could still get Pokemon and Pokestops in the US. It's likely just that you're not getting a good connection to load the data and need to wait longer.

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                        July 11, 2016 5:35 PM

                        Yeah, cell coverage is spotty up here at best. Sure it will be fine in Edmonton (app issues aside).

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                  July 11, 2016 5:39 PM

                  Yeah, I submitted 4 near my place during my brief Ingress stint. One got approved, so I'm excited to go see if it's in Pokemon Go.

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      July 11, 2016 3:47 PM

      POKEMON POWER - Take heed everyone

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmNb3xJFzkc

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      July 11, 2016 3:51 PM

      I caught a Nubat and a Charmander at the urinal at work

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      July 11, 2016 4:03 PM

      This is the killer app for tango

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