we’re receiving reports that multiple PokéStops were updated with new high resolution photos, all of which were taken by Ingress players! We are still scrambling to verify the geographical range of these reports, but the word on the street is that it’s worldwide.
Our local GPS mastermind, Rdash123, has been actively playing Ingress and submitting photos of Ingress portals since January. Today, he was able to confirm that a majority of his photo submissions were accepted and are now visible both in Pokémon GO and Ingress.
As reported, Niantic has only imported “featured” portal pictures, however they also imported textual updates to multiple PokéStops that correlate with Ingress portals.
We have no information if any new PokéStops were added as a part of this update.
Ingress + Pokémon GO = <3
We asked Rdash to verify the reports with screenshots from both games and here they are. The album below shows the updated photo both in Pokémon GO and Ingress.
The photo was accepted 6 days ago by NianticOps and now it is displayed also in Pokémon GO:
According to Rdash, this is not the only thing that was changed, as a number of description and name changes for PokéStops was also applied today. Our source had problems remembering the details of descriptions he updated, but he was confident that they were changed.
As we already know, Niantic is periodically updating their PokéStops information using Ingress and OpenStreetMaps, so this update comes as no surprise.
Ingress is the game Niantic built before they’ve built Pokémon GO, so it’s expected that they will reuse some of the technology and data. For those interested in more information, we’ve already covered the link between Ingress and Pokémon GO in depth.
You may be especially interested in our Tracking Sightings Tab Pokémon using Ingress and XM points article and infographic.
Were any of the PokéStops in your local area updated today? Did any new PokéStops appear recently (or even today) in your area?