Poké­mon Go for Ap­ple Watch fi­nally here

The watchOS com­pan­ion app will send you no­ti­fi­ca­tions when a Poké­mon is nearby, writes Os­car Ray­mundo

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Poké­mon Go for Ap­ple Watch (free) has fi­nally been re­leased into the wild. A com­pan­ion to the pop­u­lar mo­bile game, this watchOS app will send play­ers no­ti­fi­ca­tions about nearby Poké­mon and track your dis­tance to­wards hatch­ing Poké­mon eggs and re­ceiv­ing candy for your Buddy Poké­mon.

It will also send play­ers no­ti­fi­ca­tions when a PokéS­top is nearby, as well as let them know when their eggs have hatched or when they’ve been awarded a medal. The watchOS app also highlights the game’s fit­ness com­po­nent. Each

Poké­mon Go play ses­sion will be logged as a work­out, so your game­play will count to­wards ful­fill­ing your per­sonal Ac­tiv­ity rings for the day. So now, Poké­mon Go can help you achieve your New Year’s fit­ness res­o­lu­tion.

One thing you can’t do, how­ever, is catch Poké­mon. You will still need to pull up your iPhone for that. If this new Watch in­te­gra­tion is mak­ing you curious to try the game for the very first time, check out our begin­ner’s guide to Poké­mon Go.

The cre­ators of Poké­mon Go have al­ready proven their in­ter­est in the wear­ables realm. Ear­lier this year, they ven­tured into it with the launch of Poké­mon Go Plus (pic­tured), a £35 de­vice that lights up and vi­brates when Poké­mon are nearby. But this de­vice looks like it was de­signed for kids.

Poké­mon Go and Ap­ple Watch, on the other hand, are a per­fect match. The watchOS com­pan­ion app lib­er­ates play­ers from hav­ing to be glued to their iPhones for most of the game­play, while help­ing avoid run­ning into traf­fic. Mean­while, the de­but of Poké­mon Go could sig­nal the Ap­ple Watch be­com­ing more in­dis­pens­able in the realm of fit­ness, gam­ing, and aug­mented re­al­ity.

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