Pokemon Go
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After much criticism, American software developer Niantic has finally released a new update to the iOS and Android versions of Pokemon Go to welcome new features and important fixes. Pokemon Go has become a worldwide sensation despite its much-awaited release in several regions such as India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The updated version of Pokemon Go -- 1.3.0 for iOS and 0.33.0 for Android users -- advises against playing the game while driving. The other updates focus on improving gameplay.

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Now, Niantic also allows Pokemon Go trainers to change their nicknames. Previously, players had to raise a request with Niantic's customer support team just to change the name on Pokemon Go, a process which could take weeks without any assurance of it ever happening.

The ability to rename is certainly a well-thought addition to the game, but comes with a clause. Players can only change the nickname once, so be sure and choose wisely. If you are not sure of how to rename your Pokemon Go avatar, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open Pokemon Go game on your smartphone.
Step 2: Tap the Poke ball at the bottom center of the screen to launch menu.
Step 3: Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen to access Settings.
Step 4: From the list of options, select Change Nickname. You cannot go back from the next step, so proceed with caution.
Step 5: Select Yes when prompted.
Step 6: Enter the new nickname and tap OK.
Step 7: Tap Yes to confirm the change.

After doing this, you will get a confirmation that your name has been successfully changed. This happens instantaneously, so you and other players will see your new nickname reflect on your avatar.