It appears that Niantic, the San Francisco-based developer of mega-popular augmented reality game Pokmon Go, is ramping up the game’s global rollout.
After the game’s initial launch in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. on July 6, global launch was halted due to overwhelming demand. This week, the game started trickling into the larger European markets, starting with Germany on Wednesday and the UK on Thursday.
On Friday, Niantic announced the game is now also available in Italy, Portugal and Spain.
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Trainer-hopefuls in those countries can get Pokmon Go for both iPhone and Android in their respective App/Play stores.
People spend more time on it than on Facebook and Snapchat.
Even though it’s on the market for less than ten days, Pokmon Go is already hugely successful, blasting through milestones as if they were nothing. Measured by daily active users, it’s the biggest mobile game ever in the U.S. and people spend more time on it than on Facebook and Snapchat.
If you can’t wait for the game to launch in your country, there’s a couple of tricks you can do to start playing now.
On Android, you can directly download and install the game’s APK file from here. Be careful when installing APK packages on Android directly, though; bypassing Google’s Play store can be dangerous and the file could be infested with malware.
On the iPhone, you’ll have to log out of your Apple ID, and then set your region to one of the regions where the game is available. You’ll have to create a new Apple ID to be able to download the game from Apple’s App Store.
Have in mind that using any of these methods is not officially supported by Niantic. Even if you manage to install it, the game might behave erratically, and you might get banned from playing.
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