Pokemon GO now on Apple Watch - but it's far from a perfect union

Pokemon GO now on Apple Watch - but it's far from a perfect union
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For Christmas this year, Pokemon GO is giving all trainers with an Apple Watch the perfect Christmas present.

Pokemon GO is finally, and we repeat, finally available on the Apple Watch! For all the Singaporeans in the pursuit of catching them all, this news is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

The official statement was released yesterday on their official website, and in a live Apple Watch presentation by John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Inc., he noted that the new features will "blend Pokemon Go gameplay with your daily walk or run, while enabling you to focus on what's important, all the cool stuff around you."

The presentation has left many psyched, and players all around the world, including Singaporeans, are rapidly jumping onto the latest bandwagon.

Apple Watch perks for PokeGO players

Players are still required to have their phones with them but with the Apple Watch, they'll be able to log play sessions as workouts that add towards their personal Activity rings.

A bonus that arises from this is that players will also be to measure the distance towards hatching their Eggs.

Players will also be alerted about nearby Pokemon, PokeStops, and collect items from them; as well as when their Eggs hatch and medals are awarded.

But so far, there have been mixed reviews

Considering that it was only introduced yesterday, there were some who still expressed confusion on how Pokemon GO would work on the Apple Watch. And from there, one particular user has stood out as everyone's new guru.

PokeGO player Mandi Jayne is certainly one enthusiastically helpful player.

However, there were some reviews stating that the Pokemon GO update for the Apple Watch indirectly caused them issues in opening the game on their iPhones and Android models.

One drawback of the Apple Watch feature is that players will not be able to catch Pokemon via the Watch, and will have to switch to their iPhones for that.

Other than that however, it seems like the Apple Watch adaptation of the game is a win for players who want to focus on hatching eggs.

Is it a groundbreaking addition?

Given the limited perks so far, we don't think so. But if you already have an Apple Watch, it seems to be a useful complement to enhance gameplay while clocking a good workout at the same time.

Hopefully, Niantic and Apple would be able to address some of the glitches to ensure smoother gameplay soon. There were bound to be problems given the newness of the feature, so hang in there trainers.

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