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Pokemon Go drops Apple Watch support ahead of watchOS 6 unveiling

Pokemon Go on Apple Watch

Users of Niantic's Pokemon Go iPhone game were able to track their walking steps using an Apple Watch companion app, but the developer is discontinuing the feature from July 1.

Niantic, Inc, has announced that it is discontinuing support for Apple Watch in its Pokemon Go game. Currently, the Apple Watch companion app tracks your steps and sends that data to the game. However, after July 1, 2019, players will no longer be able to connect their Apple Watches to the iPhone Pokemon Go app.

The company says that the decision is because of the launch of Adventure Sync in October 2018. "Because Adventure Sync allows Trainers the option of tracking their steps... in one mobile device instead of two separate devices, we wanted to focus on building Adventure Sync," Niantic said in a statement on its website, "so that Trainers will no longer have to split their gameplay between two devices."

Pokemon Go with Adventure Sync will continue to track walking but will do so using solely the iPhone. "Trainers can use Adventure Sync to track their distance by syncing their fitness apps in their phones," continues the company, "which does not require devices such as Apple Watches."

Using the accompany Pokemon Go Apple Watch app, users were able to start a workout and sync that data back to the Health app. As you compete that workout, the app would tell you how close you were to hatching your incubating Pokemon egg.

Niantic's announcement on its website about dropping Apple Watch
Niantic's announcement on its website about dropping Apple Watch

The decision comes ahead of Apple's expected unveiling of both watchOS 6 and possibly an Apple Watch app store. It also comes after the Pokemon Company revealed a sleep-tracking version of the game which uses its own hardware instead of Apple Watch.