GoChat is the location-based chat app that Pokemon GO is missing

GoChat is the location-based chat app that Pokemon GO is missing
It's not always terribly hard to recognize people out in public who are playing Pokémon GO, especially since they'll be doing the same exact thing with their smartphone as you are in the same general area. But even so, one of the few features that Pokémon GO didn't copy over from its predecessor Ingress was an in-app chat system, but for that GoChat has you covered.

Basically, GoChat sets up each Pokéstop can be set as a pin on the map and each pin becomes a location-based chat room where you can chat with anyone nearby when you're at that spot. And, once you've met the people nearby, or if you want to get to know someone who posted in a certain location chat, you can long-press on a user to direct message them to trade tips or coordinate Pokémon hunts for a later time. 

In general, it sounds like a really great companion app to Pokémon GO. The biggest pitfall of GoChat is that it appears the developer, Jonathan Zarra, didn't realize how popular it would be. Zarra knew as a beta tester of Pokémon GO that a chat function was needed, but in the first five days GoChat was available it gathered 1 million downloads, which has led to server overload and errors. 

The biggest issue is that Zarra hates ads and so he didn't include them in the app and he doesn't want to say how much he's spending on trying to keep up and running so far. A contractor told The Verge that in order to get servers to keep up with demand would cost Zarra $4,000. Unfortunately, that's $4,000 he doesn't have by providing a free app with no revenue system. 

We're hoping Zarra can sort it out, because it is a needed companion app for many. 


download: GoChat (Android & iOS)
source: The Verge

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3 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh look! Another Pokemon Go related article. I don't know how I feel about strangers being able to message others, it sounds to me like it becomes a liability and method to assault someone.... not that it's not already happening with the app though. I really have to give respect to the developer of this chat app though for worrying about user experience before revenue, Hopefully you get what you need to support the traffic your app is experiencing.

2. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Phonearena please change your name to Pokemon go arena....or please start a blog of phonearena,where all such types of news can be found, like news about laptops, gaming consoles, games, and their reviews, and please let Phonearena adhere strictly only to the news related to smartphones........

3. ganny

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 14, 2016

Pokemon GoChat app gets crash. Waiting to see the working app. I tired "GruChat app" which is similar to it. Working better than it.

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