The games company Nintendo has released an app that is taking the world by storm. The next big thing is an augmented reality game called Pokemon Go. Players physically move around the real world to collect mystical creatures called Pokemon (short for pocket monsters). It was officially released last week, in the USA, New Zealand and Australia but will overtake Twitter in the number of daily active users. Analysts say that in 48 hours, Go was installed on 5.6 per cent of all Android devices in the USA. Users are spending twice as much time on Go than on apps like Snapchat.
Pokemon Go is number one in the App Store and Google Play Store. It is also having a big impact. Hackers have already infected millions of smart phones through illegal copies of the app. Other criminals are tricking unsuspecting players to go to a location to collect a Pokemon character and then rob them. The app tracks your location via GPS as you walk around looking for Pokemon. PCmag.com advised: "Don't go walking around neighborhoods late at night for your Pokemon fix….If you can collect Pokemon…in public, crowded areas, we recommend doing that."