pokemon go history
pokemon go history

 Pokémon Go is Nintendo’s first application into augmented reality apps available  for Apple and Android devices, as we have discussed  about augmented reality and it’s real life gaming experience. if you miss that article please first read Augmented Reality – It’s like Real life .

Craziness for Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go has already proved to be huge popular, with Pokémon players around the world downloading the app and playing on their office desks, in hospital rooms, and even in bathrooms. One teenage girl  found a dead body while looking for Pokémon. And police in Missouri claimed that four suspected robbers lured in victims with the possibility of Pokémon.

pokemon go app

Most of the world can’t wait to catch Pokemon on their smartphones.for the moment Pokemon Go has only officially released in the US, Australia, New Zealand, with Pokemon fans in the UK, Japan and the rest of the world having to wait – though new regions are officially getting Pokemon Go at a regular pace.

so what’s the hell is going on everywhere  Pokemon go trending , let’s know how exactly Pokemon Go app become massive viral and what’s the history behind Pokemon go.

Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go

Well, after a few years lying relatively low, Pokemon is making a bit of a comeback. The Nintendo owned franchise, which exploded in popularity in the late 1990s, is  taking America by storm  this time through Pokemon Go, its biggest entry into the mobile space, now available for a free download on Android and iOS.

Pokemon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokemon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokemon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokemon in the game. (This combination of a game and the real world interacting is known as “augmented reality.”)

what’s the history of  Pokemon Go

How long does it take to create an overnight success? For John Hanke (the creater of Pokémon Go app) it’s taken him 20 years to create Pokemon Go.This week, the Pokemon Go app has broken all records, with 10 million+ downloads in the first week, exceeding Twitter in daily active users, and with higher average user time than Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram & WhatsApp.

How did John Hanke create such a massive overnight craze? Here’s the 10 times he leveled up in his lifetime to reach Pokémon Go:

1st Level up: In 1996, while still a student, John co-created the very first MMO (massively multiplayer online game) called ‘Meridian 59’. He sold the game to 3DO to move on to a bigger passion: mapping the world.

2nd Level up: In 2000, John launched ‘Keyhole’ to come up with a way to link maps with aerial photography, and create the first online, GPS-linked 3D aerial map of the world.

3rd Level up: In 2004, Google bought Keyhole and with John’s help, turned Keyhole into what is now ‘Google Earth’. That’s when John decided to focus at creating GPS-based games.

4th Level up: John ran the Google Geo team from 2004 to 2010, creating Google Maps and Google Street View. During this time, he collected the team that would later create Pokemon Go.

5th Level up: In 2010, John launched Niantic Labs as a start-up funded by Google to create a game layer on maps. John explains why he called it Niantic:

“The Niantic is the name of a whaling ship that came up during the gold rush and through a variety of circumstances got dragged on shore. This happened with other ships, too. Over the years, San Francisco was basically just built over these ships. You could stand on top of them now, and you wouldn’t know it. So it’s this idea that there’s stuff about the world that’s really cool but even though it’s on the Internet, it’s hard to know when you’re actually there.”

6th Level up: In 2012, John then created Niantic’s first geo-based MMO, “ingress”:

John explains: “In the case of Ingress the activity is layered on top of the real world and on your phone. The inspiration was that it was something that I always used to daydream about while I was commuting back and forth from home to Google.”

“I always thought you could make an awesome game using all the Geo data that we have. I watched phones become more and more powerful and I thought the time would come that you could do a really awesome real-world adventure-based game.”

7th Level up: In 2014, Google and the Pokemon Company teamed up for an April Fools’ Day joke, which allowed viewers to find Pokemon creatures on Google maps. It was a viral hit, and got John thinking the idea could be turned into a real game.

8th Level up: John decided to build Pokemon Go on the user-generated meeting points created by players of Ingress, and the most popular became the Pokestops and gyms in Pokemon Go:

As John says, ”The Pokestops are submitted by users, so obviously they’re based on places people go. We had essentially two and a half years of people going to all the places where they thought they should be able to play Ingress, so it’s some pretty remote places. There are portals in Antartica and the North Pole, and most points in between.”

9th Level up: John raised $25 million from Google, Nintendo, the Pokémon Company and other investors from Dec 2015 to Feb 2016 to grow a team of 40+ to launch Pokémon Go this year.

10th Level: John and his team launched Pokémon Go on July 6th in USA, Australia and New Zealand. Since its launch, Nintendo’s share price has risen $7.5 billion, and the app is already generating over $2 million daily in in-app purchases, making it an overnight phenomenon.

The overnight success of Pokémon Go has taken John Hanke 20 years to create. Throughout these 20 years, while he had a big vision of a game layer over the world, he didn’t know what form it would take. At every step, he just focused at his next level up.

At each new level, he had new powers, new team members, and new items in his inventory“It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” ~ Eddie Cantor

Source : Roger James Hamilton


How to download Pokémon Go app for Android

If you want to play Pokémon Go on your Android device, and you’re not in a country that has made Pokémon Go available through the Google Play store, then the following instructions will show you how to download it from a third-party website.

Download the Pokémon Go APK file

First you need to allow your Android device to install and run apps downloaded from other places. Be cautious when you turn on this setting, as you’ll want to make sure you only download apps you know are safe and reliable ,Due to the huge interest surrounding Pokémon GO, even hackers are using the game’s popularity to distribute malicious versions of Pokémon GO that could install DroidJack malware on Android phones.

Free download on Pokémon Go APK files  Android and iOS.

For indian/ Asian /other  region Download 

Pokémon GO can access your following data:

  • Read  your email.
  • Send email on your behalf.
  • Access your Google Drive documents (including deleting them).
  • Look at your search history as well as Maps navigation history.
  • Access your private photos stored in Google Photos.

so now you will not think to download or use Pokémon GO? oh you don’t need to worry see here

How to Revoke Pokémon GO‘s Access to your Google Account

#step 1 :  go to your Google account permission page and search for Pokémon GO.

#step2 : Select Pokémon GO Release and tap to  “REMOVE” button to revoke full account access.

#step 3: Done ! now you have Revoke full account access and released pokemon go still you can use Pokémon GO.


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