Niantic Stories November 8, 2021

While Facebook is betting most of its cards on the metaverse and its new Meta company, other companies like Niantic, the Pokémon GO’s creator, are following Apple in an augmented reality future. In a new interview with Wired, Niantic’s CEO John Hanke doubles down on this technology and why he thinks virtual reality isn’t the next big thing.

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Niantic Stories November 2, 2021

Niantic announces Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for iOS will be discontinued

Not every Niantic game is a $5 billion hit like Pokémon GO. The long-awaited Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which launched in 2019, is now being discontinued for good.

Niantic Stories October 27, 2021

The long-anticipated new AR game from Niantic and Nintendo is finally here. Pikmin Bloom is an app designed to “bring a little joy to your everyday journeys on foot.”

This is the second app that Niantic develops in partnership with Nintendo. The first one, Pokémon GO, was a huge hit. In over five years since its launch, the game got a revenue of $5 billion. Although Pikmin isn’t as popular as Pokémon, Pikmin Bloom has a nice approach for using augmented reality.

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Niantic Stories August 26, 2021

Niantic reverses course, raises interaction distance for PokéStops and Gyms in Pokémon GO

After weeks of letters, hashtags, and even boycotts, Niantic has listened to its community and decided to increase back interaction distance for PokéStops and Gyms on Pokémon GO. This change comes amid a worsening COVID-19 pandemic in many areas.

Niantic Stories August 10, 2021

Pokémon GO maker Niantic acquires 3D scanning iPhone app Scaniverse

In its goal to create a realistic 3D map of the world, Niantic has now acquired the 3D scanning iPhone/iPad app Scaniverse.

Niantic Stories June 14, 2021

Pokémon GO creator Niantic announces new AR mobile game ‘Transformers: Heavy Metal’

If you were a Pokémon GO, Ingress, or Harry Potter Wizards Unite fan, there’s another AR mobile game being prepared by Niantic. This time, TRANSFORMERS: Heavy Metal is the new company’s title being developed.

Niantic Stories March 31, 2021

Almost five years after Niantic helped popularize augmented reality (AR) with Pokémon GO, the company, with Planet-Scale AR Alliance, is debuting a new 5G AR experience with Codename: Urban Legends. The game is designed as a demo to showcase the power of 5G and AR.

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Niantic Stories March 30, 2021

Pokémon Go’s developer Niantic could be creating an Apple Glasses competitor, according to a tweet by Niantic’s CEO John Hanke. This comes as rumors intensify about Apple’s own plans to release AR and VR headset and glasses products.

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Niantic Stories August 29, 2019

Pokémon Masters now available on iOS and Android, but servers struggle to cope

We learned back in May that DeNA Co was working on a new game known as Pokémon Masters. It’s now available for download — but you may have a little difficulty playing it…

Niantic Stories November 14, 2018

Pokemon Go creators delay Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game launch until 2019

Following the success of Pokemon Go on iOS and Android, Niantic is planning to release a Harry Potter game sometime in 2019.

Niantic Stories November 1, 2018

Niantic has announced a new feature called Adventure Sync that’s coming soon to Pokemon Go on iOS and Android. Adventure Sync will use Apple Health and Google Fit activity data to credit players with distance traveled in the real world for hatching eggs and earning candy — even when Pokemon Go is not running.

Update 11/1: This post has been updated with information about the Adventure Sync feature rollout and how it works.

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Niantic Stories June 28, 2018

The developer behind Pokémon GO, Niantic Labs, is looking to open its platform to third-party developers. Specifically, it’s looking to open up its underlying AR platform to let developers create a similar experience within its own apps.

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Niantic Stories April 2, 2018

Niantic settles class action lawsuit for failed Pokémon GO festival for $1.5M

The first ever Pokémon GO Fest, held in Chicago last July, turned into a complete flop. Inadequate cellular coverage meant that many couldn’t get online at all, and for those who could, server problems meant that many still couldn’t play …

Niantic Stories March 16, 2018

You’ll soon be able to login to Pokémon GO with your Facebook & Google accounts

Niantic is keen to ensure you never get locked out of your Pokémon GO account, now rolling out the option to login using Facebook or Google as well as your Pokémon Trainer Club account …

Niantic Stories February 1, 2018

Pokémon GO has today released an interesting ‘nature documentary-style’ ad promoting the game and the recent addition of new Pokémon. Meanwhile, Pokémon GO developer Niantic has purchased an AR startup.

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Niantic Stories January 12, 2018

Niantic is still cracking away at its AR-hit game Pokémon GO with a new series of events called Community Day. These events will be scheduled once a month around the world and aim to bring Trainers, or Pokémon GO players, together with special perks.

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Niantic Stories December 20, 2017

After first demoing improved augmented reality features for Pokémon GO back at Apple’s developer conference in June, Niantic has officially announced AR+ mode for the hit game. AR+ leverages Apple’s ARKit framework to make Pokémon appear hyper realistic.

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Niantic Stories November 21, 2017

Pokémon Go players catch over 500M Pokémon in first two days of week-long challenge

Niantic has announced that over 500 million Pokémon have been caught during the first two days of a week-long Global Catch Challenge. The achievement unlocked the first set of rewards to everyone participating …

Niantic Stories November 8, 2017

[Update: we do have confirmation from Niantic this game is currently in development.]

Niantic is now famous for one of the highest grossing mobile games of all time with Pokémon GO. But what is next for the developer? Niantic seems to have set its sights on yet another enormous fan base with plans for a Harry Potter mobile augmented reality game.

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Niantic Stories July 26, 2017

Niantic blames carriers for Chicago GO Fest failure; says other festivals will go ahead

After Niantic’s Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago turned into something of a disaster – with many attendees unable to use the game at all, and others unable to login or suffering crashes – the company has laid most of the blame at the feet of carriers …

Niantic Stories June 19, 2017

As the second year of Pokémon Go arrives, Niantic has detailed major changes to the gameplay centered around how gyms and gym battles work. Gyms will soon work like PokéStops and include exclusive items, badges, and more while battling is getting more advanced with new social features coming.

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Niantic Stories May 4, 2017

Niantic, developer of popular augmented reality games Pokémon Go and Ingress, plans to host community events for players in public spaces around the U.S. through a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The company announced the project today, with the first event set to kick off this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Niantic Stories February 8, 2017


If there’s a holiday on the calendar, you can almost guarantee Pokémon Go will have an in-app event to promote the game. With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, Niantic announced today a special Valentine’s Day-themed event for trainers kicking off today through next week.

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Niantic Stories December 7, 2016


[UPDATE 12/8: Starbucks is now official.]

Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint to turn businesses into PokéStops and Gyms as part of Niantic’s latest move to keep players in the game. The news comes just one day before Starbucks is expected to do the same while introducing a Pokémon Go-themed drink for trainers. Niantic has also teased out when we might start seeing new monsters appear in the game.

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