Pokemon GO’s Buddy update is officially out on both iOS and Android. The version number is 1.7.0 for iOS and 0.37.0 for Android. The full feature list is below, but the best feature, without doubt is the brand buddy system will allow you to have a Pokemon appear as you walk, gaining you candy and other goodies.
There’s actually quite a bit of strategy to which buddy you should choose depending on what you want to achieve from the game. The incredible guys over at Pokemon GO Hub have put together a good list of stats.
We also reported on the fact that there’s an incredibly nifty easter egg where Pikachu will jump on your shoulder after walking with you for 10km. This should definitely be the first thing that you accomplish in this update.
Full list of features in update:
Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.