One would think that Pokemon Go would be all but dead after it's initial hype died out. However, Niantic has done a decent job of keeping the game alive through regular updates and new features. Today, Niantic has announced a new feature called Adventure Sync that’s coming soon to Pokemon Go on iOS and Android which will use Apple Health and Google Fit activity data to credit players with distance travelled in the real world for hatching eggs and earning candy even when Pokemon Go is not running. According to their blog post:
Exploring with Pokémon GO has never been easier with a new feature coming soon! Adventure Sync can record your walking distances even when Pokémon GO isn’t launched, working in the background to tally your distance, earn Candy, and hatch Eggs!
Plus, Adventure Sync will deliver a weekly summary, where you can see your Incubator and Candy progress as well as important activity statistics. Check in via your Trainer Profile to see the number of kilometers recorded for the week. Earn rewards each week for each milestone you cross, and receive push notifications when your Buddy Pokémon has found a Candy or when an Egg is about to hatch!
You can opt into Adventure Sync at any time, and the feature will connect to both Apple Health on Apple devices and Google Fit on Android devices.
So let’s get motivated and GO! Stay safe, and happy exploring!
Pokemon Go is one of the few mobile games that encourage people to be up and about. The gameplay requires travelling around outside to encounter Pokemon and PokeStops virtually placed in the real world to advance levels and expand your collection. To help players keep track of their activity better, Niantic sold an accessory called Pokemon Go Plus that acts as a step counter of sorts and extends gameplay without the app being completely active. It was only a matter of time before they tapped into iOS and Android’s built-in activity frameworks.
With the upcoming Adventure Sync feature, players can get credit for the distance data captured even when Pokemon Go isn’t running. For example, if you go for a walk with your Apple Watch and Android Wear watch and don’t bring your phone, the data is synced back to the phone and read by Pokemon Go the next time it launches. A neat feature for the fitness-conscious crowd who also play the game.
News Source: Niantic