A new update hit Pokemon Go yesterday and Niantic has added a few fixes into the mix, including tests for a new tracking system.
For week or so, trainers have been sending their complaints to Niantic about removing its tracking system as well as disabling third party trackers from working with their hit mobile game. On top of this, players have been experiencing for some time until the recent update, that lower level Pokemon became harder to catch with some disappearing after 1 or so attempts as well as taking too many Pokeballs to capture. Niantic addressed all these issues and said they were working to fix them.
Unexpectedly, Niantic released a new update yesterday for Androids and iPhones, with Androids being the first to try the new update. The update is mostly to fix the pokemon capturing issues, but also added tall grass and replaced their "Nearby pokemon" tab to "sightings". The full update notes can be found here and below:
Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing.
Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw
Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses.
Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons.
Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time. Please choose your new nickname wisely.
Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature.
Added visuals of Team Leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark.
We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
Minor text fixes
There are also a few reports of some trainers Pokemon Go sighting feature showing pokemon near Pokestops.