The fact that Pokemon GO had 15 million downloads in only the first week after it was made available to the public in 2016 suggests that it won’t be forgotten anytime soon. The well-known augmented reality game, which is compatible with iOS, Android, and iPadOS, will no longer provide support for a particular version of Google’s mobile operating system after it was previously offered.
The gaming world is always evolving, and gamers have little choice but to adjust to these changes or give up playing altogether. This may come out as harsh, but it’s the reality of doing business in such a massive market, where almost nobody is willing to make concessions.
Support for Android 6 “Marshmallow” devices has been discontinued by Pokemon GO. If you own a smartphone that uses an operating system that is older than Android 6, or one that is older than that, you will need to update in order to continue playing Pokemon GO. If you do not upgrade, you will not be able to play Pokemon GO.
Players playing Pokemon GO who have smartphones running Android 7 or later will not be negatively impacted by the decision made by Niantic.
When we step back and take a look at the bigger picture, it is easy to come to the conclusion that the decision to stop providing support for devices running Android 6 was the right one. There have been a lot of developments made to Google’s operating system since the first Android version was released about seven years ago, and there have been numerous changes to the Android version since then.
Like the classic Pokemon anime, Pokemon GO provides a number of different opportunities for players to experience what it might be like to be a genuine Pokemon trainer. They are able to acquire Pokemon, train them, pit them against one another in combat, earn badges, take part in a variety of activities, and do much more. However, arguably the most significant benefit is the opportunity for players to connect with and become friends with other Pokemon lovers from all around the globe.