Yeah about that PokéNotify app on the Google Play Store, it’s gone. As reported right here just two days ago PokéNotify allowed players to know of nearby Pokémon by tapping directly into Pokémon Go rather than using crowdsourced data. But without warning or a clear reason it has since been taken down by Google.
Unlike the crowdsourced apps using a customized Google Maps API, PokéNotify used a fake account to pull in the most accurate data directly from the Pokémon Go servers. What was great about it was the developer Apptastic made it work as a ‘man-in-the-middle’ approach, so you never handed over any personal information.
The developer confirmed the app was pulled down for violating Google’s terms of service, but speaking on Reddit they said they haven’t given up on the app and are hoping to release an iOS version soon. Plus, Android users can still sideload the app, but that does take some technical knowhow. The most confusing part of all this is a similar app called PokéDetector for Android is still on the Play Store.
In any case, the flood of Pokémon GO hacks continues to grow, but why an app PokéNotify was taken down and not a site that is going to straight up break the game is still a bit of a head scratcher.