PokeMon Go, Now Officially Available in the Philippines

The long wait is finally over! It's time to catch them all!

Exactly one month after the popular mobile game's launch in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, PokeMon Go - developed by Niantic and published by The PokeMon Company - is now officially out for download and installation on smartphones here in the Philippines!

PokeMon Go Philippines

You can get the much talked about title for free via Google Play Store for supported Android smartphones or via the Apple App Store on all current iPhone models.

For the few who are hearing about PokeMon Go for the first time, it's basically a location-based, augmented reality type of mobile game that makes use your handset's camera and GPS receiver to take you on an exciting adventure of capturing PokeMons around your location and beyond. Given its features, some users in other countries are saying that the title has allowed them to discover new places in their city and to be more healthy as the game often requires you to walk around a lot.

PokeMon Go Driving
Be careful when playing PokeMon Go!

Achieving both great success and infamy in the countries where it was first launched, PokeMon Go has recently been the topic of news headlines and blog articles as some users have been in accidents and other untoward incidents while playing the game. Some have been victims of car crashes, robbery, hit-and-run, altercations with other players, and physical injuries both minor and serious. (source).

Recommended Smartphone Specs

Niantic has released an initial list of system requirements or technical specifications for an Android smartphone to be able to play PokeMon efficiently or in its full blossom. (source)

Check if your current handset has these:
  • Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 (Android N will not be supported until the official Android release. Application may not run on certain devices even if they have compatible OS versions installed.)
  • Preferred resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels or HD
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services (Compatibility is not guaranteed for devices without GPS capabilities or devices that are connected only to Wi-Fi-networks)
  • Gyroscope
  • Minimum 2GB of RAM (Android smartphones with smaller RAM can still run the game but - needless to say - not as well as those with larger amount of RAM.)
  • Compatible with Android devices that have 2GB RAM or more and have Android Version 4.4 - 6.0 installed.
O+ Xfinit, PokeMon Go Philippines
O+ Xfinit has a 64-bit Quad Core processor complemented by 2GB of RAM. This smartphone can certainly run PokeMon Go without annoying lags.

All iPhone models starting with the Apple iPhone 5, on the other hand, should be able to play this title without hiccups. Of course, the newer models including the Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus will be able to run PokeMon Go more smoothly.

Free 7-Day PokeMon Experience for Smart Subscribers

As its way of joining the whole nation in welcoming PokeMon Go, the country's largest telco network Smart Communications is giving its subscribers FREE all-day mobile data for PokéMon Go for 7-days from August 6 to August 12! No registration required. (source)

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