Late yesterday Pokemon Go makers Niantic issued a new update aimed at addressing several on going issues with the highly popular smartphone game.
The tweaks were mostly fairly minor, including some added safety elements and fixes for the throwing of Poke balls as well as the ability to rename your character once- which is pretty welcome.
The big news though is this item: "We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI."
Now everyone has a new version of the 'nearby' feature which has been renamed to 'sightings.' This panel can be found down the bottom right as before and it shows you Pokemon that are close by next to a little tuft of grass.
The idea is that you walk around and take note of how the listing changes. If you move in a direction and the Pokemon stays in the sightings panel then you're on the right track. If it drops off, you need to go back the way you came.
It's not a foolproof system but I have managed to catch a couple of beasties which were listed, though nothing too rare has appeared just yet. We've heard reports that other versions of this system are being tested by select groups so this might not be the final iteration.
For now, at least, it works- which makes for a significant improvement over the last few weeks. So if you see a Pokemon outline that you haven't caught yet you finally have a chance of actually tracking it down.
The new update is available now for iOS and Android.