Pokemon Go has immense popularity in a short period of time, but the game isn’t devoid of issues. It has faced server issues from day one, and is fighting an uphill battle of keeping the game online as more players join in.
Now, the game’s also suffering from several bugs and glitches, the latest of which is probably the worst yet. One of the most important features of the game is the Nearby Window. The feature is vital for finding Pokemon in the game, and trainers use to it know how close nearby Pokemon are to their location.
The feature represents each Pokemon’s distance away from your location by 0-3 paw prints, with 0 being the closest and 3 being the farthest away. This gives the players an idea about how far away the Pokemon are and allows them to plan accordingly.
However, thousands of players are reporting that since yesterday, this feature is now broken and is giving the wrong estimates for Pokemon. Even if a Pokemon is near you, it still shows them as being 3 paw prints away.
The issue might be related to the Google Maps API, as the maps which earlier showed where you caught a particular Pokemon has now been replaced with a blank white screen. The bug is affecting a large number of people at the moment, and Niantic hasn’t announced when a possible fix would be released.
This is really making Pokemon hunting near impossible for trainers, and they now need to rely on luck and instincts rather than the “Nearby Window” feature. We hope Niantic issues a fix for this bug soon so that Pokemon trainers can resume going about their quest to ‘catch em all’ in peace.