Ingress Scanner gets a retrofit via update

Ingress Scanner gets a retrofit via update

Jul 6, 2017

Few games are as cool as Ingress. It’s little brother, Pokémon GO comes close, but Niantic’s first augmented reality thriller still holds a place in the hearts of geeks (like me) worldwide.

Now, agents will find their scanners — hosted on mobile devices — has been upgraded.

Directly from the changelog on Google Play:

The Ingress Scanner has been updated to version 1.120.2. The following changes have been detected:
– Recent information revealed the development of a dual variant Portal Mod: The ITO EN Transmuter (+)/(-), which may be capable of transforming the hack output of Portals. The Scanner has been retrofitted to support their discovery and use. Additional classified modifications to Scanner codebase.

Ingress remains free on Google Play.

Ingress Gets Tweaks via Update

Ingress Gets Tweaks via Update

Oct 14, 2016

Before Pokemon GO — yes, time existed before that runaway hit — there was an augmented reality thriller called Ingress, made by the same studio, no less… and it continues to see updates.

The current build (per Google Play) adds permission for raw GPS access; it also allows players to access Ingress Investigation from the community tab.

The full changelog can be seen on Google Play.

We did enjoy this game immensely when it first arrived a few rains ago, and have kept an eye on its improvements and enhancements.

Ingress remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Pokémon GO Gets New Build

Pokémon GO Gets New Build

Sep 23, 2016

Pokémon GO is still very much a very popular game, with somewhat frequent updates, including its current one, which is rolling out now.

Now, when one looks at a caught Pokémon’s screen, one will see where it was captured. Also, one can now use Incense and the Pokémon GO Plus accessory to attempt to catch the beings.

This update also has the ubiquitous bug squashing.

Pokémon Go remains free on Google Play.

[via Google Play]

Pokemon GO Gets Another Quick Update

Pokemon GO Gets Another Quick Update

Sep 20, 2016

The world’s seemingly most popular mobile game, Pokémon GO is getting another update.

Per Google Play:


– Pokémon GO Plus stability improvement
– Added quick help when first connected to Pokémon GO Plus
– Minor text fixes

It remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Pokémon GO Gets Buddy System and More

Pokémon GO Gets Buddy System and More

Sep 14, 2016

Pokémon GO, everyone’s favorite augmented reality game, is picking up some new features courtesy of an update rolling out now.

Per Google Play:


– Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance
– Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen
– Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
– Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating
– Pokémon GO Plus support
– Minor text fixes

The game remains free (with optional in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Pokémon GO Gets Appraisal Feature via Update

Pokémon GO Gets Appraisal Feature via Update

Aug 26, 2016

International phenomenon Pokémon GO is getting an update — one which, among other things, introduces a new creature battling prowess appraisal feature.

More specifically (per Google Play):


– Implemented Pokémon Appraisal: Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon’s attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche, or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle.
– Fixed a bug that kept defeated Pokémon at 1HP; these Pokémon will now return as fainted Pokémon. We’re working on rebalancing the training battle, stay tuned.
– Minor bot fixes

The popular game remains free on the Play Store.

Pokémon Go Underscores Safety in Latest Update

Pokémon Go Underscores Safety in Latest Update

Aug 11, 2016

Pokémon Go is getting another update, and this one stresses user safety: don’t drive and catch Pokémon!

Post-update, when a trainer fires up the game, he/she will be greeted by a safety message that looks to ensure they are not driving.

Among the features in the latest update, that one is probably the most front-facing one, but there are more.

For example, trainers can change their names — one time only — from within the app. There are also some bug fixes that help correct some XP issues.

The full changelog (courtesy of Google Play):


– 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

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Attention Pokemon Trainers: Pokémon GO Gets New Tweaks via Update

Attention Pokemon Trainers: Pokémon GO Gets New Tweaks via Update

Jul 30, 2016

If you’re one of the masses that is captivated by Pokémon GO — weird sleeping patterns, a new-ish propensity to walk around with a phone to your face, knowledge of what a “vulpix” is, etc — then this news is for you.

Nintendo and Niantic’s hit augmented reality game just received an update; version 0.31.0 adds a number of enhancements, like the ability to make adjustments to your avatar from the profile screen, updated screens and refined gym animations — and a bit more.

More specifically, per Google Play:


Trainers, Pokémon GO has been updated to version 0.31.0:
– Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
– Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
– Refined certain Gym animations
– Improved memory issues
– Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
– Modified battle damage calculation
– Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
– Updated Pokémon details screen
– Updated achievement medal images
– Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
– Minor text fixes

Pokémon GO remains free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store

Nintendo Brings Pokemon GO to Android

Nintendo Brings Pokemon GO to Android

Jul 7, 2016

Word is Pokémon GO has made a formal appearance on Google Play.

The game is published under Niantic’s label (yep, Niantic of Ingress and Field Trip fame), so its augmented reality core is almost expected… this one “places” Pokemon into the real world, in a manner of speaking.

Per Google Play:

Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!
Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.
Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!

Search far and wide for Pokémon and items
Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.

Catching, hatching, evolving, and more
As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.

Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym
As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers.

It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await!

Per its app page, it looks as if this will require devices with a degree of specificity (like GPS, connectivity beyond wi-fi, etc); it is free with in-app purchases on the side.

The app might not be available for everyone just yet, but for those that can’t wait — and we do understand — Nintendo has a freestanding apk right here.

Check out the trailer:

[via Nintendo Blog]

Ingress Gets Updated on Google Play

Ingress Gets Updated on Google Play

Sep 28, 2015

The preeminent augmented reality game on Android, Ingress, is getting an update now via Google Play.

Per its Google Play page, the new build includes:


Version 1.83.1
And we’re back!
– Sorting for loading and unloading capsules!
– Fixes for Dynamic Compass mode
– Fix Portal scan on resume
Don’t miss the Abaddon anomaly series coming to cities around the world.

We had an opportunity to formally check it out way back when, and truly like it; the game remains free on the Play Store.

Ingress Gets Update, Adds New Missions Feature

Ingress Gets Update, Adds New Missions Feature

Sep 25, 2014

Google/Niantic Labs’ augmented reality title Ingress is getting a new update with an interesting new feature called “Missions.”

Missions look to encourage players to visit portals and completing specific actions, like hacking or capturing, and may then ask the player to use clues to solve a puzzle required to move on to the next step of the mission. The new missions can be accessed via a new Missions tab in the Ops section.

In a move that simply makes sense, the developers have also further merged functionality sets of Ingress Missions and its other app Field Trip. Using the this dataset allows for the potential to direct Missions players to Field Trip locations.

Additionally, to start, a select number of users will have the ability to create their own Missions and share with players. The plan is to eventually open up the feature to players level 5 and above.

We had an opportunity to review Ingress and observe how that app has grown since it was unveiled. It has received a steady batch of upgrades, including being opened to players using iOS devices.

Ingress remains free on the Play Store; the new update is rolling out currently. The new feature is restricted to Android users for the time being.

[Source: Ingress Google+ Page]

Google and Niantic Labs’ Ingress: How is the Augmented Reality Game Continuing to Evolve as it Enters Year Two?

Google and Niantic Labs’ Ingress: How is the Augmented Reality Game Continuing to Evolve as it Enters Year Two?

Apr 7, 2014

We were all mostly wowed by Google/Niantic’s Ingress. At the time, it was arguably the best mobile augmented reality experience. Ever.

Without any improvements, well into its second year, it would still be the best game adventure of its type. Thankfully, Niantic has not rested on its laurels, and has continued to add a bunch of improvements and refinements that improve the gameplay and logic.

At the root, Ingress is still a pick-a-side battle that involves factions of players either accepting otherworldly intelligence, or working to thwart it.

Since we last looked at Ingress, big changes have occurred, especially in the area of portal mods. The pieced here have grown significantly past just shields. Heat sinks, link amplifiers and multi-hacks help with offensive output, while tweaks like force amplifiers and turrets can be formidable tools that prevent successful attacks.


Adjustments to the logic with regards to greater XM usage also called for other unique hacking rewards like power cubes. Power cubes act like portable XM banks that can be accessed when a player is low, as long as he/she has a cube of the appropriate level. Two other powerful, interesting tools are somewhat faction-specific; ADA Refractors allow portals to be flipped from green to blue, and a Jarvis Virus does the reverse. Both can be used to do things like break links and otherwise cause mayhem.

The UI has been improved as well. The Android phone-based app itself — scanner, in Ingress parlance — has received plenty of usability updates, adding in more information and making it a more graphically pleasing. In real life, Naintic has done an excellent job of driving meetups and real-life faction events in different cities. The backstory tie-ins are a stroke of genius too.

All in all, Ingress remains the penultimate mobile game. Amid rumors of iOS expansion, we say go all out: WP8 and BB10 too? We can’t wait to see what else Ingress comes up with.