Ingress gets faster, prettier, better with latest update

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 19, 2013


For some Android nerds (myself included, I confess), Ingress is the sole reason to get out and actually move. The innovative location-based game from Google’s Niantic Labs has become quite popular, so we’re pretty confident that this report will interest lots of people.

A small update has been pushed to Ingress, bringing the app version to 1.18.1. There is nothing groundbreaking in the new version of the game (no new features), but the slew of small improvements should make your Ingress experience nicer.

Google has worked to solve “many bug fixes” but also improved the user interface and memory usage and even the “XMP explosion animation”. If you’re phone features a Snapdragon chip with an Adreno GPU, you should notice improved resume times, which will surely allow you to better fight those pesky Resistance agents (go Enlightened!).

If your pet peeve is the Ingress bug that makes portal shields almost invisible on the map… well, you’ll just have to put up with it, as the bug is still a “known issue”.

Ingress is still in close beta, but if you haven’t scored an invite yet, just look for “ingressinvite” on Google+ for a way to get one (be warned, it usually takes a little creativity).

Who’s playing Ingress here?

  • clell

    i have the app installed, still waiting for an invite since the beginning of dec.

  • Liam W

    I’m playing! level 3. Everything about your article is good, except the ‘Go Enlightebed’ comment…

  • Collected about 700 items of media, XMP, Portal Keys and Resonators, but decided this last week that the game was boring without a group to play with, so I dumped EVERYTHING at one portal, and within minutes I was contacted and told it was all gone. In a way I regret dumping everything I had, which took weeks to build up, but at the same time, realizing the game went no where by myself, I did the right thing. Deleted and closed my account.

  • I searched ingressinvite but I’m still not getting how to get an invite. Please help.

  • Eric Moyer

    Any one have a code?

  • Michael McKenzie

    I managed to score an invite on the 19th. There are only 4 portals in my small town so I had to go on a road trip. I only know of two other players in town at this time, but so far I am in control. GO ENLIGHTENED!

  • AfflictedDemon

    Sitting just shy of level 6 in my first month of play…I have LOTS of portals around me so I have a chance to link and level a bunch…thanks for the note on the update, doing it right now…then lookout Enlightened…