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Here’s why the Pokémon Go is yet to arrive on Apple Watch

Back at the Apple’s autumn launch event, it was announced Pokémon Go would soon be launching for Apple Watch. Three months on, we’re still waiting.

The company had initially pledged to release the Poké port before the end of the year, but that now seems unlikely to come to pass. Now the firm simply says support is coming soon.

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9to5Mac has news as to why. Niantic is apparently planning to launch its own wearable device next month, based on its Ingress game, which is conceptually similar to Pokémon Go in terms of capturing AR objects in the real world.

The report features an image of the purported Nex+ Ingress wristband, which features multi-couloured LED lights identifying different gamplay tools. It’s entirely possible that the company is also working on a Pokémon Go version.

Niantic Ingress

Such a wristband would outstrip the functionality offered by the Pokémon Go Plus wristband being pushed by Nintendo.

It would also enable Niantic to add a revenue source through selling the hardware, rather than simply offering a free Apple Watch app.

For the record, Niantic continues to say the Apple Watch app is coming soon.

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