The Adventure Sync feature, coming to Pokémon GO soon, will allow players to track stats and progress towards goals without even opening the game!
For all its flaws, Pokémon GO has always had one goal in mind: to get us all up off our saggy cheeks and catching Pokémon. It’s very Nintendo, just the sort of tech they wish they had back in the days of Wii Fit and the like. Now, Niantic is adding something that’ll encourage veteran GO-users to be even more active: Adventure Sync.
While the app’s infinitely more stable than it used to be, back in the days of shonky glitches and crashes-amundo, there’s one thing that remains an issue for users: it can be a real battery drain. Depending on the settings on your device, that can be a real problem, and it can be tough to play for long periods without a battery pack.
When you’re not playing, of course, your eggs aren’t hatching and you’re not getting any ever-valuable buddy candy. This is where the new Adventure Sync feature will come into play. As Niantic’s blog post explains, this will allow the app to track the distance you’ve walked even while it’s idle. It’ll record the steps and dole out the distance to your buddy Pokémon and eggs accordingly.
Sure, it won’t alert you to the super-rare Dragonite you walked past without knowing it, but you can’t have everything. The bottom line is, this’ll be a darn useful feature for those who don’t like to walk around with GO open and ready at all times. Remember the early days of the game, when people were walking straight into the path of oncoming SUVs because there was a Blastoise in the middle of the highway?
There’s more to it than that, though, as Adventure Sync is looking to boost GO’s cachet as a fitness-aiding app a little. It will also display your weekly activity statistics, and be compatible with both Google Fit for Android and Apple Health for Apple devices.
There’s no word on an exact release date for the new feature, but stay tuned for it. In the meantime, make sure you’re up to date with the generation four Pokémon that were recently released in the game, with our handy-dandy guide.