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An upcoming update to Pokémon Go will drop support for older Android phones and iPhones

By Kenny Yeo - on 1 Sep 2020, 10:21am

An upcoming update to Pokémon Go will drop support for older Android phones and iPhones

An upcoming update for Pokémon Go will have a big impact on players using older phones.

Niantic has just announced that an upcoming update for Pokémon Go in October will end support for Android 5, iOS 10, iOS 11, as well as players using iPhone 5s and iPhone 6.

It also said trainers using affected devices will not be able to access the game.

Trainers using affected devices will no longer be able to access Pokémon GO, including any accumulated PokeCoins or collected items on their accounts, when the version 0.189 update goes live in mid-October. We encourage Trainers using any of the listed devices to consider upgrading them if they wish to continue playing Pokémon GO. Be sure to have your account info and password saved somewhere so you can log back in on a new device!

While this is certainly unfortunate, let's remember that Android 5 was released way back in 2014 and so was the iPhone 6.

Furthermore, as an AR-based game, Pokémon Go naturally has slightly higher than average performance requirements.

And if it's any consolation, there's a good number of excellent phones today – like the Apple iPhone SE , Google Pixel 4a, and Vivo V19 – that don't necessarily cost an arm and a leg.

Source: Niantic

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