Cell phone companies around the world are thankful that Nintendo produced the wonderful game of Pokemon Go! Why? Niantic claimed it pushed out "emergency fixes" since a "coding error" allowed the app to get full access to your Google account.
Growing numbers of Pokemon Go players in Australia, one of three countries where Nintendo Co's smash-hit mobile game is available, are complaining they're having trouble logging in, raising concerns the Japanese firm may not be able to roll the game out globally as quickly as planned. Based on the 1990s Japanese franchise, the augmented reality game topped Apple Inc's free app charts.
Niantic now has eight corporate sponsors for Ingress globally, including SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T , and the number is likely to be similar for Pokemon GO, he said. Some analysts figure that Pokemon Go could generate more than a billion dollars a year.
"From a user's general profile information to their precise location data and device identifiers, Niantic has access to a significant amount of information, unless users - many of whom are children - opt-out of this collection", he wrote.
As of press time, the Google Play listing for the game did not indicate the update is available for Android players. So you can not use wifi to do it in most places. If you live outside of a big city, it can be pretty hard to play Pokémon Go.
"This works with you using your device as a viewer to "see" the creature near you by looking at an image from the camera with the creature superimposed on it. You then "capture" the creature for points by throwing Poké Balls at it on the device's screen", Trend Micro stated.
Australia, New Zealand, and the USA were the first countries to gain access to the game last week, with expectations that Pokemon GO would continue to launch internationally in the coming days.
In doing so, the Pokemon Company - and Nintendo, which has a large stake in it - may have just harnessed the true potential of mobilised gaming.