Google Maps Adds Support For Logging Caught Pokemon

It's no secret that the mega-popular mobile game Pokemon GO utilizes Google Maps data to allow its players to catch Pokemon all over the world. Well, the synergy between Google Maps and Pokemon GO just got a bit stronger as the Google added support for Niantic Labs' mobile game in the latest Maps update. More specifically, Google Maps Timeline feature now allows logging of Pokemon caught in Niantic Labs' mobile game. For the uninitiated, Timeline is basically a geo-journal of sorts which shows Maps' users where they've been and when.

The Timeline is far from the most popular Maps' features but that may change with the recently included "Catching Pokemon" option added in its settings. Namely, tenacious Pokemon trainers that are constantly on the move are often recording certain places where they've caught rare pocket monsters, especially when they're suspecting they've stumbled upon a spawn point. So, if you forgot the precise location where you caught that elusive Dratini and are now on the hunt for Dratini Candy to level up your latest virtual pet, the new and improved Maps Timeline may be just what you need to avoid that scenario in the future. Apart from date and location, Maps Timeline also records exact time when users were at any given location which can also be useful for Pokemon GO players given how certain pocket monsters only spawn within specific time frames.

To access Timeline, simply open Google Maps, tap the main menu icon, and select "Timeline". This will allow you to check out and edit your movement history within the app. Of course, the app has no way of no knowing which Pokemon you caught and where so you'll be the one who'll have to edit specific locations with details on your quest to be the very best like no one ever was. Still, it's a neat feature that will certainly prove to be a tempting alternative to dozens of Pokemon GO trackers on the market given how you don't have to download an extra app to use it. As a bonus, the Timeline data can easily be shared with other users. Naturally, everyone looking to take advantage of this latest Google Maps' feature will have to enable location tracking within the app itself.

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