Niantic will stop supporting older Android and iOS smartphones and tablet devices for Pokemon Go with its next…Read More
Niantic will stop supporting older Android and iOS smartphones and tablet devices for Pokemon Go with its next update. The developer took to Twitter to make this announcement and as per the tweet, players who still use older Android smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop or iOS 10 or earlier will no longer be able to play the game. The tweet also confirms that the next update will be rolled out in mid-October.
The tweet specifically mentions two iOS devices — iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 will no longer support the game even if they are running relatively newer iOS 12 versions. As a reason for not supporting these two devices Niantic told The Verge that both the smartphones come with 1GB of RAM and they do not want to hold the game’s development that will be more useful for players running relatively modern and more capable devices.
The tweet reads, “In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO in October, we will end support for Android 5, iOS 10, and iOS 11, as well as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 devices. Trainers with devices not specifically listed here will not be affected and don’t need to take any action”
Considering Pokemon Go is a less demanding game in terms of resources, however, it heavily relies on Camera, GPS, location and 3D visuals and all those combined it might push the limits to the older smartphones hardware and battery.
In the tweet, Niantic has also confirmed that Trainers with devices that are not listed here won’t get affected with the upcoming change and they aren’t supposed to take any necessary action and continue playing the game as they usually do.