Pokémon Go has been praised by helping kids and adults alike to lead more active lifestyles. Now, a new smartphone app will let you track the game's calorie-busting benefits, while also providing tips on how to conserve your mobile data and battery life.
Cashing-in on the catch 'em all craze, PokéFit is a free-to-use app for Android smartphones that tracks the distance your Pokémon hunting takes you, as well as steps taken and calories burnt. Once you're logged in, the app will automatically track your Pokémon Go sessions and will display fitness info over the top in a semi-transparent overlay (see below) – meaning you don't have to boot up PokéFit prior to launching Pokémon Go. If you find on-screen stats distracting, you can toggle this off and check your states by going into the app itself.
As well as health-related stats, PokéFit will tell you how long you've been Pokémon Go-ing for, how much data you've consumed and how much battery you've drained while playing.
PokéFit's creators hope this will stop players from accidentally going over data allowances or inadvertently running out of battery after getting caught up in particularly intensive sessions.
Other handy features is the ability to override your phone's screen timeout setting to keep your display active during each hunt, meaning you'll never lose another Pidgey again (because everyone loves Pidgey). You can even track the routes you take on each session, which can then be displayed on top of Google Maps.
PokéFit is currently only available on the Google Play store, for Android phones running software version 4.1 Jelly Bean and above. iPhone users are being advised by its creators to "stay tuned for updates".