Niantic has made quite a lot of changes to Pokémon GO during this lockdown period to facilitate its users at their homes. However, there’s one change that might not sit well with some of the users. From August 2020, Pokémon GO will stop supporting 32-bit Android phones. So, players with older phones won’t be able to access their accounts on their phones and will have to upgrade them.
Niantic made the announcement on Pokémon GO Live blog with notes for specific devices. Niantic said, “In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO at the beginning of August 2020, we will end support for 32-bit Android devices. By removing support for 32-bit Android devices, we will be able to streamline our development process and focus resources on supporting newer operating systems and technologies.”
Niantic also said that people with 64-bit Android and iOS phones will still be able to play Pokémon GO on their devices. It also gave a list of some of the 32-bit Android phones that will stop supporting the game from August 2020, some of them being:
- Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, J3
- Sony Xperia Z2, Z3
- Motorola Moto G (1st generation)
- Many Android devices released before 2015
This won’t be a problem with a sizable chunk of the users, assuming most of them must have upgraded their phones in the past five years or so. However, most of those who own a smartphone launched in or before 2015 will be affected severely by this update. So, if you do plan on buying a new phone, make sure that you save your account details so that you can access it on your new phone.
About Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO is an Augmented Reality mobile game developed and published by Niantic in collaboration with The Pokémon Company for iOS and Android devices and released in 2016. The game is free to play and uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train Pokémon’s, which appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location.
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