Niantic has announced a new feature for the game called Adventure Sync. This is basically where the game will actually take into account the steps you’ve taken even when you aren’t playing. Since most of our phones these days are more than capable of counting our steps, the game will be able to take that information and apply it to the game, where your steps taken in real-life can count towards certain features and rewards in the game.
According to Niantic, “Today, we’re excited to introduce Adventure Sync, a new Niantic Real World Platform gameplay system that will give our players even more reasons to get outside, explore the world and lead more active lifestyles” They add, “This key feature unlocks a wide variety of gameplay opportunities on the Niantic Real World Platform, serving as an efficient and phone-friendly high-engagement tool that inspires players to head out into their local communities.”
Adventure Sync will work with various health/fitness platforms such as the iOS HealthKit and Android’s Google Fit where it will sync in the background of either platform. No word on when the feature will be going live, but Niantic says that it will begin rolling out worldwide “soon”.