Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

No, Nintendo Is Not Charging Pokemon Go Users $12.99 A Month

No, Nintendo Is Not Charging Pokemon Go Users $12.99 A Month

The augment-reality game, which encourages players to go outside and visit specific locations to progress, has become a global phenomenon since its release late last week.

Five days after its release, the game now is on more Android phones than dating app Tinder, and its rate of daily active users was neck and neck with social network Twitter, according to analytics firm SimilarWeb.

Nintendo's stock surge began on Thursday after the launch of its first smartphone game from the Pokemon franchise, which invites users to hunt for the popular fantastical creatures in real-world locations using their phone camera.

Al Franken is chasing Pokemon Go too, but not for fun.

It was revealed Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs was gaining "full access" to the Google accounts of players signing up to the mobile game.

So how do you join in if you don't know anything about the world of Pokémon?

Pokemon Go maker Niantic has apologised for a privacy security gaffe that gave it full access to Google Apps used by an iPhone owner, including the ability to read email, or send email on a user's behalf - and a whole lot more.

As THR explained, AR games raise legal concerns over trespassing, players stumbling across crime scenes, personal injuries and risks to minors.

Building on the popular 1990s franchise of the same name, the app-based game has users "find" pokemon characters in the real world with their phones, mostly through the phone's Global Positioning System tools in what is commonly referred to in the game world as "augmented reality". Game development company Niantic heard the concerns and quickly issued a solution. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon GO or Niantic.

"If, in fact, some of the information collected and/or permissions requested by Pokemon GO are unnecessary for the provision of services, would Niantic consider making this collection/access opt-in, as opposed to requiring a user to opt-out of the collection/access?" he asked. Niantic, Inc. swiftly issued a statement addressing the issue and took steps to ensure that the app can only access basic profile information from your Google account.

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