0.253.0 APK Breakdown: Updated Candy Transfer, Record breaking sizes, and more!

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Hello Trainers! 0.253.0 is rolling out to a device near you and it brings with it an updated Candy Transfer screen, more on the upcoming Height and Weight record tracking, a unity update and more.

Please read through all of this with a grain of salt – we often post data mining reports which end up taking months to release, and we don’t want our readers to be disappointed. Be smart, read this like speculation and be happy once it goes live.

💡 Disclaimer: You know the drill by now, everything in this article is data mined, and therefore subject to change or not even being released at all. All of this information is publicly provided by the PokéMiners and includes some of my commentaries.

New Assets

New assets for 253.  Including stuff for Campfire, some sort of follower coin?, icons for the new height and weight feature, and some other random stuff.

Unity Update

Unity was updated from 2020.3.33 to 2020.3.38 which brought several small changes that are mostly not noteworthy.

Community Day “Fake” Moon

CommDayFakeMoonController
moonRoot
moonTransform
moonArcCurve
moonMinimumHeight
moonMaximumHeight

The fake moon for Teddiursa’s community day, allowing the evolution of Ursaring into Ursaluna.

Updated Candy Transfer Screen

candyCount
candyCost
evoFunc
RareCandyTransformDialog
rareCandyCost
largeRareCandyIconImage
rareCandyIconImage

The candy transfer screens have been updated, here’s a look at the old and the new. The new one takes up a lot less of the screen and looks a lot cleaner.

Old New

Animated Texts

AnimatedTextSlots
Niantic.Holoholo.UI.Utility
AnimateTextSlots
animatedText
baseAnimationTimeSec
varianceAnimationTimeSec
maxAnimationTime
animationTimeForIndex
SetUpForPokemon
PokemonRecordDataTable
categoryImage
smallKeyText
smallValueText
largeKeyText
largeValueText
smallNewTagGameObject
largeNewTagGameObject
smallSizeTagGameObject
largeSizeTagGameObject

A new unity for animated texts were added. Not sure the purpose of this just yet, but the Miners think that it could be for the size updates. I tend to agree with them on this one. (Kinda hard not too at this point, but still)

Stickers v2.0

get_StickerCategorySettings 
get_StickersV2Enabled
get_SentStickersIds
UpdateViewedStickersInShop
.get_ReceivedStickersIds
.get_HasNewStickerInShop
GetStickerGroupName

For the new sticker update, which I have to say is very nice. A lot of people hate on stickers, but for those that enjoy them this is a huge QoL update.

Size Updates

The PokéMiners have been able to confirm that the obfuscated Game Master settings were for the Pokédex size stats.

PokedexSizeStatsSettings

Appraisal Screen

sizeXxlXxsThreshold
XxsScaleBySizeCurve
XsScaleBySizeCurve
XlScaleBySizeCurve
XxlScaleBySizeCurve

Camera Movements

get_ShowSizeEffects
cameraUnzoomMinSeconds
zoomTweenCurve
cameraZoomFxPrefab
xxsZoomConfig
xxlZoomConfig
ZoomConfig
CameraZoomSeconds
CameraZoomStartingFactor
CameraZoomEndingFactor
ZoomDirecton

It looks like we’re getting extra camera action for xxs and xxl encounters? Are we going to get dramatic zoom ins for xxs and zoom outs for xxl? 

Labels for Records?

weightNewRecordVisController
heightNewRecordVisController
weightStatLabel
heightStatLabel
normalStatLabelColor
recordStatLabelColor

Labels for normal sizing and record breaking sizing. Animated texts?

Share your Record

PokemonSizeRecordBreakGuiController
OnShareClicked
heightRecordContainer
weightRecordContainer

You’ll be able to share your record with your friends and your followers.  Because why not? 

Fancy GUI

heightDeltaText
weightDeltaText
heightDeltaBackground
weightDeltaBackground
heightDeltaArrowIcon
weightDeltaArrowIcon
deltaIncreaseColor
deltaDecreaseColor
shareScreenLayerMask
animationSequenceStartDelaySec
visibilityControllers
heightStatTextSlots
weightStatTextSlots
heightImage
weightImage
heightSprite
weightSprite

You can tell just how much that giant Snorlax broke your record with a new fancy GUI.

Encounter Particle System

EncounterParticleSystem
minScale
maxScale

Encounter particles. All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust I guess.

Extended Settings

PokemonExtendedSettings
ExtendedOverrideSettings

The PokéMiners suspect this will be for the Extended Raids, these settings contain a Unique ID, the Form of the Pokémon, and Override settings that contain Mega evolution information.

Spawnable Pokemon

POLL_PLAYER_SPAWNABLE_POKEMON
SpawnablePokemon

The PokéMiners don’t have a whole lot to go on here, but this appears to be a new type of spawnable Pokémon that can only spawn from a Pokéstop encounter. This is likely related to the Pokéstop Encounter that they’ve been mining for a little while now.

Combat Season Stats Update

seasonCountdownScheduleDisabled
seasonCountdownScheduleDisabledRoot

This is an option to disable the countdown for the GBL season.

Broken Buddies

buddyShadowRenderer
buddyAngleToAvatarBySizeCurve
buddyOffsetForHeightCurve
buddyHeightFactorCurve
flyingPokemonOff
.setHeightThresholdCurve

The location of your friends buddy is broken for some people. I think it’s dependent on what they have as their buddy, because it’s not broken for everybody. It looks like the larger the buddy the less broken it is, but I might be wrong there.

Address Book v2

Niantic.Platform.AddressBookImport.Android
Niantic.Platform.AddressBookImport.Internal
accountSettingsContainer
maskedPhoneNumbersContainer
errorControllerManager
DiscoverabilitySettingWidget
OnToggleDiscoverability
newName
UpdateFullName
SetFullName
EditPhoneNumberWidget
currentMaskedPhoneNumber

A new library for importing contacts.

Photo Records

A lot was added for Photo Records, the PokéMiners believe most of this is related to the Catch Card feature.

Catch Card

get_CatchCardShareCampfireEnabled
get_ArCatchCardShareCampfireEnabled
GetCatchCardForCampfire
fullCatchCardCapturer
campfireSquareCapturer

This is all related to the catch card for sure.

Photo Sizes

GetPhotos
PhotoSpec
ORIGINAL
SIZE_64
SIZE_256
SIZE_1080

For data use reduction.

Photo Uploads

SubmitImage
SubmitImageResponse
GetSignedUrl
signedUrl
photoId
UNSET
SUCCESS
IMAGE_DOES_NOT_EXIST
INAPPROPRIATE_CONTENT
ERROR_UNKNOWN
PHOTO_ID_ALREADY_SUBMITTED
MATCHING_IMAGE_FLAGGED

Uploading Images.  There’s an error in there for Inappropriate content, which suggests that any images that are uploaded are scanned and checked prior to actually being accepted. 

Social Features

Social Client API

IPhotoApiService
shouldSubmit
StartUploadImageFlow
imageEntry
GetImageTexture
GetTransientImageUrl
ImageInfo

Most of this part of the update suggests the new photo feature will be tied to Campfire in some way, which would make a lot of sense.

New Friend Widgets

SettingsFriendReferenceWid
SettingsFullNameInputGuiController
.settingsFriendReferenceWidget
.settingsFullNameInputInstance

Campfire Updates

Campfires’ watching you.

_campfireClientSettingsService

This was added to the location pinger, so Campfire can know where you are. Because Campfire is always watching you Mike Wazowski.

Build Environment

CampfireBuildEnvironment
Integration
DirectMessageManager
customFrontendUrl
customBackendUrl
accountId

The build environment for Campfire.

There’s a lot more, but it’s all stuff that likely won’t be in PoGO so I’ll skip it.

Notification Updates

"action_button_explore_nearby" - Explore Nearby
"action_button_feed_berries" - Feed Berries
"action_button_ignore" - Ignore
"action_button_incubate" - Incubate
"action_button_maybe_later" - Maybe Later
"action_button_open_gift" - Open Gift
"action_button_use_now" - Use Now
"action_button_view_gym" - View Gym
"action_button_view_pokemon" - View Pokémon
"action_button_view_profile" - View Profile
"action_button_view_raid" - View Raid

Action buttons for new OS level notifications.

Misc Updates

GetGenerationName was added to the previously reported Pokédex filter.

postcardBag has been added to the Sponsored Gifts web view.

Some small GUI updates to hide old menus and the scroll bar when its not required

Parting Words

I think the new record tracking for sizes will be a neat addition to the game. Do I think it’s what they should be working on right now? No. Will I enjoy it when it’s added to the game? Yes. 

I’m interested to see if the fake moon will look for Teddiursa Community Day, I hope its pronounced and not just the regular moon forced into the game.

Either way, that’s all for now.  Stay safe out there trainers.

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