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Google Maps can now keep track of your Pokemon Go journey

A little update to Google Maps now allows users to set "Catching Pokemon" as an activity in the app's Timeline feature.

Published onSeptember 5, 2016

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If you’re still out in the sun trying to catch ’em all, you can now keep track of your journey using the Timeline feature in Google Maps. Maps now recognises the gaming phenomenon an outdoor activity, along with going for jog, horseback riding, and kite surfing, among others.

The Timeline feature now includes the option to set an activity as “Catching Pokemon”, so users can see just how far they’ve travelled and how long they’ve spent in search of the virtual critters. There’s also the obligatory Poke Ball symbol included as the icon. However, it’s not so easy for Google to separate this from going for a stroll, so you’ll have to set the activity manually.

Google Maps Pokemon catching activity

There is unfortunately a bug or two with the implementation right now. Users are having trouble getting the “Catching Pokemon” label to stick when changing activities in the mobile app, but aren’t experiencing the same problems when using the webpage. I guess it wouldn’t be a true Pokemon Go experience without a few bugs ‘ey?

Google has been consistently updating and bringing new features to its Timeline feature within Maps this year, adding in the option to include places, reviews, and photos into your timeline. This little update has already been spotted by some and will be slowly rolling out to more users over the course of the week.