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Pokemon GO Android trick makes the game look incredible

There’s a new method for making the game Pokemon GO look amazing on your smartphone – 60 frames per second amazing. This trick is only the latest in a line of tricks to make Pokemon GO speed up its frame rate – a line of tricks that goes back years! Something about the way the game engine Niantic uses allows the game to load graphics at 60fps, but Niantic has the game locked at 24 or 30fps most of the time.

We’re taking a peek at a method discovered by Reddit user DaleBaxter01 (not to be mixed up with the infamous James Baxter, the horse who walks on a beach ball). This fellow figured out a method for speed on his ASUS ROG Phone 3. This device is running Android 10, and has the ability to display graphics at higher frame rates than your average smartphone.

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To make this method work, the user needs to have Pokemon GO open. Activate Google Assistant by holding down the Home Button (this is different for different devices – some have their own dedicated Google Assistant button). Tap back into the game – it should (or COULD) be running at 60 frames per second!

This is most likely a temporary bug, so you’ll want to take a peek at it as soon as possible. It’ll likely be fixed in the short-term, courtesy of Niantic discovering the situation as they have in the past.

If you’ve discovered any other way to make this frame rate jump, let us know! This is generally the sort of thing that happens by accident. It’s likely having this higher frame rate will make your battery life fall at a significantly faster rate than normal. Make sure you take account of the potential for the speedy fall before you go out on the town for a Pokemon GO Gym attack – it’s quite likely set to roll!

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Pokemon GO XP bonus ‘trick’ and Spotlight on Shiny Drowzee

The second-most sleepiest Pokemon in the Pokemon universe is out in high numbers this evening in the Drowzee spotlight hour in Pokemon GO. This hour begins at 6PM (18:00) local time and lasts one hour. This event is set to take place on March 9, 2021, and it’ll be the absolute best time for you to find a Shiny Drowzee at long last.

The Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour tonight focuses on the Pokemon (096) Drowzee. This Pokemon evolves into Hypno, if you’re excited about evolutions. This event will deliver double XP for evolving Pokemon, too. Not just Drowzee – any Pokemon you evolve during the duration of the event will give you twice the regular XP bonus.

NOTE: In Pokemon GO when seeking Pokemon that can be evolved, use the search phrase “EVOLVE&EVOLVENEW” to see which Pokemon are available for evolution. You’ll get the biggest bonus if you evolve a Pokemon into a Pokemon you’ve never registered before.

If you’re looking for some of the most drastic color changes in Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO, Drowzee and Hypno are a pair you should keep on your radar. They go from yellow and brown to light purple, plum, pink, and near-white pink!

The multi-device trick

ALSO: If you’re looking to absolutely maximize the amount of XP you can attain during this event, load Pokemon GO on multiple devices. You won’t get more XP from walking with your Buddy, or anything like that, but you CAN evolve Pokemon quicker.

With multiple devices open, you can hit the “EVOLVE” button on one Pokemon, then hit the EVOLVE button on a different Pokemon on another device before the first device’s evolution animation is done playing.

The amount of Pokemon you can evolve is higher if you’re not waiting for this evolution animation to load for each Pokemon. This is all assuming that you have enough Pokemon to evolve that it’ll make a difference. If you have only a handful, there’s no use in using multiple devices.

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Facebook reportedly eying Clubhouse clone for its next trick

While Facebook displaced many of the old friends-centric social networks like MySpace, Friendster, and other forgotten names, it hasn’t exactly cornered all the social markets, at least not by itself. It had to resort to different strategies to compete with the likes of Snapchat, sometimes making controversial acquisitions that are now under regulatory and legal scrutiny. Sometimes, though, it just simply copies those features, which is allegedly the strategy it will use to compete with fledgling social media platform Clubhouse.

Clubhouse is an up and coming platform that is garnering wide appeal in small circles, despite its limited availability, both in terms of being only on iPhones and requiring an invite. It has caught the attention of investors and the who’s who of Silicon Valley. Unsurprisingly, that included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who may already be planning how to clone the service.

In an age of video conferences and messaging services, Clubhouse bucks the trend by wholeheartedly embracing an oft-forgotten communication medium, voice-only chats. Clubhouse lets you setup rooms, big or small, where groups of people can either just listen-in or even actively participate. The platform has recently been used by big names in tech like Elon Musk and Zuckerberg to reach people, often through interviews.

The New York Times reports that Facebook’s chief may have been so smitten by Clubhouse that the company’s executives directed to start developing a similar product. Of course, Facebook could spin it simply as the next logical step in offering venues for interaction and communication after text and video. Facebook isn’t the only social media giant interested in cloning Clubhouse either as Twitter has been working on its Spaces counterpart.

Then again, Facebook could also simply just buy up Clubhouse even before it has the chance to become a rival, like Instagram and WhatsApp years ago. It might, however, be more cautious about such high-profile acquisitions as it remains under a microscope for alleged anti-competitive practices.

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