Niantic have announced that the Pokemon GO Nearby Feature is being expanded to more territories.
Here’s the official word –
After reviewing your feedback, we have made some changes to the Nearby feature we were originally testing in San Francisco, California. We have changed the feature to only show the Nearby feature if a PokéStop is close to your location. In addition, we have also made changes to the way Sightings now works.
We will be expanding the ability for Trainers to test this updated version of the features and provide us with feedback. Starting today, Trainers in the following areas will now be able to use the new Nearby and Sightings functionality:
- United States of America: All states west of the Mississippi River (except Hawaii and Alaska)
- Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the western half of Ontario.
- Australia: All states and territories
Your feedback submitted to all of our official social media accounts and posted in other channels is important to us. We will continue to review community feedback and make changes if necessary.
Our first six months has been nothing short of exciting and your continued support has been inspiring. We have a lot of content, features, and functionality that we will be implementing over the coming months and years. Our goal is to to always improve on existing features where we can while also releasing exciting new content and functionality.”
There is still no word on a date to have it released anywhere else, but if the last few weeks are anything to go by, it probably won’t take long before everyone has the feature on their device.
Announcements and surprises in the last two weeks:
- Daily bonuses with more bonuses
- Pokemon GO available in the Middle East
- Thanksgiving event with Double XP and Stardust
- CP adjustments and balancing
- Ditto is in the game!!
Our guess is the Nearby feature would be available to everyone before the end of the year, just in time for the much anticipated Christmas event.