‘Pokémon Go' GPS Spoofing Hacks Disabled via Android March Security Update [VIDEO]

By Mae Sy, | March 15, 2017

"Pokemon Go" will likely get a legendary summer update as hinted by Niantic Boss. (YouTube)

"Pokemon Go" will likely get a legendary summer update as hinted by Niantic Boss. (YouTube)

Previously, it was very easy for hackers to spoof the GPS data for the highly famous augmented reality mobile video game, "Pokémon Go," on the Android operating system. However, the latest security update that has been released for Android Nougat 7.1 appears to have removed all of the GPS spoofing exploits entirely. This implies that majority, if not all, of the "Pokémon Go" GPS hacks will most likely not work anymore.

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As per a report from Go Hub, the patch was allegedly part of the Android March Security update which was released for all Android devices that runs Android Nougat. It effectively eradicated the ability of GPS hacks of not only to mask the device's location, but also not allowing other data pass through Niantic's servers. Before the said update, "Pokémon Go" hacking apps could reportedly change the device's GPS location easily without the need of disclosing the data to the Android system.

It is worth noting that the update was not really intended for "Pokémon Go" itself. However, the patch does get rid of one of the biggest cheating methods for the popular game. Allegedly, countless players, who are using the latest version of Android, are now reporting that the apps that they use to fake their GPS location are not working anymore. Meanwhile, players, who are using Android 6.0.1 and below, are still able to use "Pokémon Go's" GPS spoofing software.

If players still want to have an advantage in "Pokémon Go" and were lucky to not have downloaded the update are highly advised to disable the automatic security update feature of their devices. It is notable as well that the specific GPS patch may have been trickling down to the older Android versions, meaning it is not advisable for players to download any new update.

Given this possibility, GPS spoofing in "Pokémon Go" may soon be removed totally from the game in the near future. Several players, especially those who are not able to fully enjoy the game, are not taking the news too well due to the said spoof disability or due to other situations.


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