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Pokemon GO coming to Apple Watch after racking up 500 million downloads

Pokemon GO coming to Apple Watch after racking up 500 million downloads

Niantic’s mobile sensation Pokemon GOis coming to Apple Watch.

The studio’s CEO John Hanke announced the new smartwatch version of the game on stage at Apple’s iPhone 7 event.

It will be available on the newly unveiled Apple Watch Series 2 devices.

The Pokemon GO Apple Watch app will record how many steps users have taken, display the number of calories that have been burned and nearby Pokemon. Players can also tap their smartwatch when at Pokestops to receive items and receive alerts when an egg hatches.

BIG NUMBERS

Pokemon GO has been downloaded more than 500 million times on Android and iOS in just two months since release in July.That's more than the number of people who live in the US - the third most populace country in the world.

The game has also still to be released in big countries like India and China, though there may be difficulties with the latter in particular given the game’s reliance on Google location data.

No numbers were provided for daily or monthly active users.

Players have also travelled over 4.6 billion kilometres in the location-based game.


Senior Editor

Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz and InfluencerUpdate.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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