Third party Pokemon Go app can now be sideloaded on Windows 10 Mobile handsets

You might recall that last week we told you that a third party developer was working on a version of Pokemon Go for Windows 10 Mobile. At the time, the developer made it sound as though he had too much on his plate to finish the job, and was talking about putting the project on the sidelines to pick up later. But ST-Apps received so much encouragement from those using Windows 10 Mobile, that he decided to continue working on the app. And a Beta version is available to be sideloaded onto a Windows 10 Mobile phone right now.

The game is a Universal Windows Platform Client for Niantic's Pokemon Go, which the developer says will give you "the ability to play in the same game-world as your friends that are playing with an Android or iOS device." That is true even though the app, called PoGo-UWP, doesn't offer the same AR and 3D visuals found in the original game.

According to the developer, you still need to open a Pokemon Trainer Club account, and you still need to open the iOS/Android game to select your starter Pokemon (you can use Bluestacks to do this). The rest of the directions can be found at the sourcelink. Keep in mind that there are two different methods of installing the game, one for beginners and one for experts. Unless you're a developer, stick with the former.

Another thing to consider is that Niantic can put the kibosh on this whole thing by sending out a Cease and Desist letter or pulling access to the API. And this is a Beta build which means that there are some issues. One major one is a bug that crashes the game when you tap or pan the map after catching a Pokemon or visiting a PokeStop.

Obviously there is some heavy demand from Windows 10 Mobile users for this game. The petition that was put up on Change.org requesting that Niantic build a version of Pokemon Go for the platform, now has just under 100,000 signatures in less than three weeks..

source: GitHub via Reddit

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54 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Looks absolutely awful. But who can blame Niantic for not making Pokémon Go on Windows Phone? All that time and effort that would be put into developing an app for ten people or so seems like a waste.

2. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Unfortunately for you windows 10 mobile has more users than "10 or so" Nevertheless the platform is still very relevant and remains a third option. There is no developer in their right sense that won't like to provide their app for the windows platform, it's just takes extra work. So especially for a starting app or game, developers would love to attend to ios and android first. It's common sense, it's not because windows has few(compare to android) users. After all Niantic never said they were not going release an app for windows. The above obviously excludes snapchat and google. These two are based on personal feelings towards Microsoft not it's few users. *sent from a Microsoft Lumia 540 running Windows 10 mobile

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude, it's no use denying it, Windows 10 mobile is experiencing a slow and drawn out death right now. It's not uncommon to read about apps that never make their way to Windows 10 mobile, or even about discontinued support from developers that already had apps for the platform. That in addition to articles regarding massive layoffs coming from Microsoft's mobile division, only a fool would think that there's hope for the platform. You may like it, and that's perfectly fine, but Windows 10 mobile is going the way of the Zune.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And then you brush over all the apps that do come, like tap to pay with some bank support, BoA universal app, starbucks which is already showing on the stabucks website (link is a roundabout for the moment) and plenty more. For every app that leaves another one takes it's place. Let's not forget that windows mobile10 despite its low use has the highest average pay to devs not only per month but also usually per user. One game that is cross platform from android and wp, sees half their sales from the windows side...not bad for a insignificant population... And even if mobile goes bust, the uwp will mean that in the future all apps built on this model will simply work on mobile/hololens etc. If they do it right. And even if arm goes away, nothing is stopping MS from making a 6in tablet phone with x86 (which they should have done with windows 8 mobile). Nothing.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I think you're full of sh*t. provide me the link to where Windows users are responsible for "the highest average pay to devs not only per month but also usually per user" than Android or iPhone. And I'm glad that you proved me wrong by referencing a whole two apps, That's like placing two glasses of water on the table to prove that California isn't in a severe drought.... but it somehow is despite those two glasses. Your logic is laughable.

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"provide me the link to where Windows users are responsible for "the highest average pay to devs not only per month but also usually per user" than Android or iPhone." Here you go: http://goo.gl/HWRtBf

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well I'll be damned. Good show!!!.... although your link also inadvertently proves another side of my point. "Windows Phone developers have less competition making it easier for users to discover their apps". This might benefit small time developers that get overlooked by major brands/developers on other platforms, it still doesn't provide the revenue/incentive for major developers to spend the resources to work on a platform that reaches less than 2% of the market. In the example of Pokemon Go, Windows would have zero chance to ever entice the game to get developed for their platform because the Pokemon brand has been around for 20 years,and it has and apparently continues to be a global phenomenon. Besides, currently just under 100,000 people have petitioned to bring Pokemon Go to Windows 10 Mobile. This is roughly 0.13% of the 75,000,000 that have downloaded it between iOS and Android.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not arguing that, but given the average dev grosses the most on such tiny platform compared to competing platforms, shows it's anything but dead. I wouldn't even consider it at this point in time, it's just an outright disastrous compromise IMO. However, I have firm fate it'll eventually have its own Surface moment, defining a new category...

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

We'll see, I'm very opinionated, but I'm not about to say that I know everything, and I welcome surprises. Thanks for the article though. It was a good read and opened my eyes to the possibilities of the platform to new developers.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It dose look horrible, that being said, the petition to bring the game to Windows mobile has reached 99,490, which is actually surprising, though in the same time the game has been downloaded more than 75,000,000 times between iPhone & Android. So I guess you're right, there is absolutely 0 incentive for them to bring it to the Windows platform.

17. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Here your problem your not thinking straight it's no longer about how many windows 10 mobile users their are it's about how many windows 10 users there are which is over 300 million. So open your mind that if you make a uwp app it goes to 300 million not just the 1 million who have windows 10 mobile. Spoken from a guy with a 950xl and Nexus 6p windows is the only os that mirrors the continuity of iOS!

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's the thing though, Windows has been around FOREVER!, and after offering their latest platform to the world for FREE for OVER A YEAR, they ONLY have 300,000,000 Windows 10 users. Windows 10 still has less users than Windows 7 even though they were giving it away for free, even though they tried on several occasions to trick their users into upgrading. I'm not saying it's a bad platform, but they're getting lots of resistance from the market that prefer their older OS to the new one. I'm a Windows 10 user and I'm contemplating going back to Windows 7 right now... People complain on Android because they can't get the new OS, while people on Windows complain because they have the new OS. I guess it kinda speaks volumes about the general consensus of Windows.

31. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Lmao in that case then chrome os is completely dead. It's n doesn't even have half the user base of windows does 10. That's a free platform si your statement invalid Windows 7 users don't upgrade simply because their use to what they have. He'll some people still walk around with iphone 5 because they don't like the new ios so everything you said is a invalid statement.

33. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, Chrome OS is still a NEW platform, and its user base is rapidly growing at the expense of Microsoft and Apple. It recently outsold Apple's Mac Books last quarter for the very first time and is responsible for MORE THAN 50% the new computer sales for education institutes in the United States last year. Now Google has incorporated Android Apps into Chrome OS providing over 2,000,000 new reasons to get a Chrome Book. Also, speaking as a life long windows user and as someone who's used a Chromebook for the last year and a half, Chrome books provide a MUCH better user experience than Windows.

34. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

In that case then show me the Chromebook that can run gears of war? Plus there's only like 4 or 5 Chromebooks that can run the vast library of Android apps. My point is windows is going no where and as years past they will continue to grow while Android tablets fall. So many OEMs are preparing to leave Android look at Samsung and Huawei the biggest sellers making their own platform. Heck they might just make windows 10 mobile devices too.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, you're right, there actually are only 4 or 5 Chrome books that currently can run Android apps, this is what you call a "soft launch" It's a new feature and its release is limited to evaluate the update with a limited user base. Don't make the mistake of thinking that those 4 or 5 Chromebooks will be the only ones to ever have this feature. All Chromebooks going forward will have access to all Android Apps. Also, Chrome OS is not a gaming platform, if you're a PC gamer, then of course you'll stick to Windows, but beyond high end gaming & industry grade production of video and audio which almost everyone goes to Apple over Windows for anyways, Chrome OS meets nearly everyone's needs in terms of OS features.

53. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

just give up.

54. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Why should I stop? Are you getting upset?

62. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Chrome OS has less software than most systems though; almost all non play-store apps you can run on a Chrome OS can be run either on any desktop chrome browser, which is available on pretty much any desktop OS. If Chrome OS were to make use of its Linux base and support Linux applications as well, then it would truly be a formidable force.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Funny that people are predicting doom for an OS which they've never used... Ever wondered why almost ALL WP Users are loyal to the platform? WP is a no nonsense OS... It's about productivity and experience and less about visual bling and childish colours (ala Touchwiz)... Not long ago, I tried a Huawei Y560 with Snapdragon 210 and 1GB RAM and it was LAGGY as HELL... Heck, even my Nexus 5 lags sometimes... On the contrary, I've yet to witness any noticeable lag on my Dual Core Lumia 430... It's as stable as iOS, if not any more... Its TOP NOTCH STABILITY (No auto restart in six months of ownership! Take that, Galaxy S7), MINIMALISM and SIMPLICITY is simply UNMATCHED! And it runs as smooth as iOS on humble 32-Bit Cortex A7 which is the SLOWEST core currently in production... No need for a TWISTER or CRYO CORE...

12. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Wp is better than crappy IOS.

42. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Windows phone is about productivity.... LOL, and that's why so many people are upset that Pokemon Go isn't coming to the platform. I have a question for you, and if you don't feel like answering it you're more than welcome to ignore it or dismiss it and I won't think any less of you, but some of your past comments that you've made have left me with the impression that you were high at the time of writing them.... Are you a stoner? Are you high when you visit this site? Or are you just eccentric at times? Forgive me if you're insulted, it's a legitimate question though, and I'm curious to hear the answer.

46. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

No he's never high. He claims to act he's hight, but actually he wants to troll, so he can get away with the excuse of him being drunk. He's a Apple fanboy.

52. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know man... sometimes I really wonder about people on this site. lol

48. Jason2k13

Posts: 1460; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I'm surprised you're still wasting your time on these hardcore windows fanboys, they are just in denial when it's very obvious wp10 is slowly dying. It's been one year since wp10 came out and these are the same people who said from the start that Microsoft will be back. Look what happened, it's still the same or worst. Then they make excuses up like the unconfirmed surface phone will bring Microsoft back to life, like Apple or Samsung will stop making their products better all of a sudden. I bet you the wp10 users on here defending the brand have an android or iphones as their main phone because it has all the relevant apps that they need.

58. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

No the funny thing is when I visit your hideouts WIN CENTRAL it's cries all over.... One saying his phone restarts another wants to jump ship if situation don't change etc..... In short so users are worst than the old ishps...... Blind as hell and fill of hatred towards others ie Google and apple...

10. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i like wp, but if people loves to play games on mobile, wp is not a phone to buy or an os to use. its for someone like us who didn't play at or playing some casual games like candy crush, temole run etc

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Former "Google Guy" who also happens to be one of the founders of Android on Android's Lag: I quote: "Android UI will never be completely smooth because of the design constraints I discussed at the beginning: UI rendering occurs on the main thread of an app UI rendering has normal priority […] This is the same reason why Windows Mobile 6.5, Blackberry OS, and Symbian have terrible touch screen performance. Like Android, they were not designed to prioritize UI rendering. Since the iPhone’s release, RIM, Microsoft, and Nokia have abandoned their mobile OS’s and started from scratch. Android is the only mobile OS left that existed pre-iPhone,” But the likes of Teachie with "I HATE APPLE, AND YOU SHOULD TOO' doctrine would never try to understand it... Android is antiquated with GC and UI Rendering done on the primary thread... ANDROID NEEDS A COMPLETE OVERHAUL, otherwise it can only DREAM of iOS or WP Level refinement and optimization... Think about it... G'Day!

18. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Here your problem your not thinking straight it's no longer about how many windows 10 mobile users their are it's about how many windows 10 users there are which is over 300 million. So open your mind that if you make a uwp app it goes to 300 million not just the 1 million who have windows 10 mobile. Spoken from a guy with a 950xl and Nexus 6p windows is the only os that mirrors the continuity of iOS!

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Say what you will about this app and the Windows platform, but you've got to admit, Windows has a great bunch of developers that are willing to make third party apps that the users want if the actual app developers aren't willing to do so.

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