'Pokemon GO' news: current update results in app lagging, players say

People play "Pokémon GO" at El Olivar park in San Isidro district of Lima, Peru, September 2, 2016. | Reuters/Mariana Bazo

Earlier this week, a new update for "Pokémon GO" has been rolled out aiming to fix a couple of bugs with no major addition whatsoever. However, just a couple of days after the patch went live, fans flock into their chosen online community to report even more problems in the game including long loading times.

As it turns out, many players have shared that Android update 0.53.1 has caused lagging on the home page screen after it reaches 100% complete, Express UK reports. And with another supposed update not expected in the near future, some hardcore players are wary of missing out on rare creatures to fill up their respective Pokédexes. Furthermore, a separate issue rooted from an update geared toward the GPS tracker inadvertently prompts longer hatching time for eggs. As it turns out, bonus steps are no longer a thing, which means players would really need to go extra distance if they want gain more mileage. Given that the current Gen 2 baby Pokémon are only available through hatching, players are forced to work extra hard just to nab one of them.

Meanwhile, across the pond, due to last year's Brexit, iOS gamers from the United Kingdom, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland will have to shelve a bit more in terms of in-app purchases for "Pokémon GO." Currently, gamers can spend real money for PokéCoins, which in turn can be used for power-ups, extra items and other enhancements.

Apple has already confirmed that it is increasing prices in the App Store for the United Kingdom, as well as for India and Turkey. This means that a straight dollar to pound exchange rate will be rolled out fully sometime soon, with a 25% increase in the UK prices. "Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes and the cost of doing business. These factors vary from region to region and over time," the Cupertino-based tech giant explained in its statement that The Guardian was able to get a copy of. "When foreign exchange rates or taxation changes, we sometimes need to update prices on the App Store."

It is still unclear whether Android users will be subjected to the same changes or if Niantic has a different ploy that could help keep their in-app purchases as still reasonable buys.