Few apps have set the App Store on ‘fire’ like the Pokémon Go, and Prisma have within their first week of publication. Pokémon Go recorded the highest downloads within the first week of release of any app published on the App Store.
Needless to say, Niantic has something good going on here with this mobile game. So much so that Apple does not want to be left out of the action. With over 500 million downloads worldwide and players having walked over 2.9 billion miles. Apple is so impressed with the game that it is bringing it to its latest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 2.
At the Apple Event yesterday, John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic Labs told the world that Pokémon Go will soon be available for play on the Apple Watch. As soon as the news of the game being available on Apple Watch, Nintendo’s shares spike high by over 20%. Part of that rise was also attributed by the announcement of Super Mario Run available exclusively to iPhones and iPads.
How Pokémon Go will play on Apple Watch
As we announced earlier the Apple Watch Series 2 will come with GPS, Dual-Core Processor, and a new GPU. It has all the backbone to run Pokémon Go. Just like in the phone, players will have to walk around while looking at their watch and hunt down the Pokémons and Pokéstops. The watch app is designed to integrate with the Pokémon Go gameplay with the usual walk or run players play the game.
Unlike on Phone, players can now walk around paying more attention to their surrounding as it is comfortable and feels more natural to look at your wrist while walking or running, than a smartphone in front of you. That way, the chances of players walking into something hazardous or bumping into another player is reduced.
When players reach Pokéstops, they will get taps on their wrist. The watch is also designed to engage with the Pokéballs and Poké eggs among other items. It will also alert you when a new Pokémon pops up nearby.
Apple Watch will also track your Health Stats as you play
Apple Watch was partly originally intended to be a fitness tracking wearable tech. However, as you play Pokémon Go, it will also be tracking how much calories you burn. The Pokémon Go app on Apple Watch will be available by the end of the year. It will be interesting to experience how Apple Watch Series 2 will interact with the game.