Pokemon Go has finally launched on Apple’s smartwatch three months after developer Niantic Labs promised it would. And it makes playing the game a lot easier.
The popular mobile game Pokemon Go is now available on the Apple watch, squashing rumour that the game’s maker was scrapping such plans.
Niantic had taken to the stage at Apple’s event back in September, announcing that Pokemon Go will find its way to the Apple watch before the end of 2016, and has lived up to that promise.
The game involves catching digital pocket monsters in an augmented reality version of your surroundings.
Trainers can now easily interact with Pokemon Go on Apple Watch using quick taps to discover nearby Pokemon and collect items.
Once they encounter a Pokemon, they can catch it using their iPhone. Trainers can also log their play sessions through the Apple Watch app as a ‘workout’ that will count towards their personal Activity rings, while also tracking steps towards hatching Pokemon eggs.
The Apple Watch version will let you discover nearby Pokemon and collect special items, such as potions, from nearby Poke-stops. But once you encounter a Pokemon, you will need to use your iPhone to catch it.
That’s different from Pokemon Go plus, the wearable gadget sold by Nintendo that connects to a player’s smart phone via Bluetooth.
Pokemon Go plus does allow users to catch Pokemon’s and then later check the app on their phone to find out which monster they got hold of.
Pokemon Go was recently made officially available in India, nearly five months after its official launch back in July – following a new Reliance Jio and Niantic partnership.
The game has been downloaded over 500 million times globally and has been one of the top one of the top mobile gaming apps in both the Android and ios app stores.
Pokemon Go has been the biggest mobile hit of the year, having been downloaded over 600 million times as of November 2016.
Pokemon Go plus has been largely unavailable at retailers ever since it first got released this summer. Until that change, the Apple Watch app may be a valuable replacement for anyone who already owns Apple’s wearable.