Pokémon Go Receives New Update; You Can Now Rename Your Trainer

Pokémon Go has received a new update today that promises several bug-fixes, UI enhancements for the “nearby Pokémon” feature, and the ability to change your Trainer’s name.

Players will be happy to see that Niantic Labs has finally delivered the option to give your Trainer a more personalized feel. However, it’s important to note that you can only name your Trainer once. “Please choose your new nickname wisely,” cautions the developer in the accompanying patch notes.

The iOS version of Pokémon Go now has an improved battery saver mode, while a nasty bug that was preventing experience bonuses has been squashed. The major highlight of the new update, though, comes in the form of certain changes in the User Interface of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature. According to the developer, “an unspecified subset of Pokémon Go players” are going to see variations in the UI. As this testing phase progresses, the variations will be released for more players as well.

Here is a full rundown of the update for both platforms:

Android (What’s New)

  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed; Trainers will have to indicate they aren’t the driver
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature
  • Other fixes

iOS (What’s New)

  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing
  • Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate experience bonuses
  • Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode and re-enabled this feature
  • Added visuals of Team leaders – Candela, Blanche and Spark
  • We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
  • Minor text fixes

The new update (version 0.33.0 for Android and 1.3.0 for iOS) is now available from both Google Play and the App Store.

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