2:30 pm EDT, July 12, 2016

‘Pokémon GO’ releases first update, fixes many problems you’ve experienced

Nintendo and Niantic have released their first Pokémon GO update, which prevents broad access to your Google account and resolves numerous bugs.

The wild success of Pokémon GO over the past week has led many people to come across issues with the app that desperately needed fixing. Luckily, the developers are very aware of the problems and have already released their first batch of repairs.

Pokémon GO version 1.0.1 offers the following bug fixes according to the release notes:

  • Trainers do not to have to enter their username and password repeatedly after a force log out
  • Added stability to Pokémon Trainer Club account log-in process
  • Resolved issues causing crashes
  • Fixed Google account scope

All four of these issues have been heavily publicized over the past week. The Google account issue in particular made lots of headlines over the past 24 hours, after users were scared by the media into thinking that Nintendo was about to go steal all of their private information. I hate to break it to everyone, but many apps you use have access to a ridiculous amount of personal information. We’re all doomed anyway.

Pokémon GO appears to be preparing to send out push notifications as well. After launching the 1.0.1 version of the app today, iOS asked me if I give GO permission to start sending me notifications. I said yes in the hopes that they’ll alert me the next time a Charizard is nearby (but I’m not holding my breath).

I’m most excited about the bug that caused the app to log me out of my Google account. I’ve had to log in multiple times per day, which is frustrating when I have a very secure password, but 1.0.1 appears to fix that issue. I’m also hoping that the crash issue helps fix a problem I’ve encountered where the app locks up after capturing a Pokémon.

It’s nice to see that Niantic is moving so quickly to fix problems — especially ones that only made headlines yesterday. Here’s hoping they continue to keep Pokémon GO fresh with regular additions and fixes.

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