Android latest security update prevents Pokemon Go users from using spoof (fake/mock)GPS. The code change now has been applied on Android 7.1, and it was reported that for Nexus 6P/5X have been totally unable using GPS spoofing.
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It is likely GPS spoofing will be a history in near future. Pokemon Go and other games with GPS geo-location utilized will no longer able to be cheated by faking their real location. Unlike the previous version android security, the new system able to detect the use of app like FakeGPS and other similar apps.
According to statistic, below is the current android device adoption
- Android 7.1 is installed on 0.4% devices
- Android 7.x is installed on 2.4% devices
- Android 6.x is installed on 31.3% devices
- Android 5.x is installed on 32.5% devices
- Android 4.4 is installed on 20.8% devices
- Rest is 4.3 and lower versions
In the following months there is a highly chance that the security will land to the lower android versions. And some reports indicated that android 6.1 also unable to spoof GPS.
No question about the new unreleased android version 8.0 Oreo, the security must have been applied automatically.
For iOS, there is still no security update related to GPS spoofing. Jailbroken iOS device still able to use fakeGps for certain games.
Impact Android Security Update for Pokemon Go Players
This latest android security patch have a big impact for the Pokemon Go users. Bad and good news for each type of players. Regular player surely welcomed the update since it leads to more competitive collecting Pokemon. That aside, for shortcut type trainees they will suffer from the update and start to collect their Pokemon manually, or they might dropped playing this game.