This week's Friday 5 includes a major update to Pokemon Go, the spring-training edition of Major League Baseball's At Bat app, a popular iOS email app moving over to Android, WhatsApp's vanishing images, and a major revision to the Overcast podcasting app.
Dropped your poke balls last fall? Then Pokemon Day, which lands on February 28, is the day to retrieve them and capture some new monsters, as Niantic Labs has just released a major update to Pokemon Go. The newly expanded augmented-reality game includes over 80 new pocket monsters, a few more berries, an improved method for selecting balls and berries when capturing Pokemon, and more clothing and accessories to outfit your avatar. The update also offers a bit of combat rebalancing. Novice players will now have a fighting chance at taking over gyms, while advanced players will regret the time they put into monsters that the update's nerfed.
Punxsutawney Phil may have retreated into his burrow, signaling six more weeks of winter, but spring is in full swing for sports fans as Major League baseball teams play their first spring training games. You can follow the action on MLB's essential app for fans, At Bat. With the app, you can tune in to live spring-training games, get player and team updates, purchase tickets to spring-training games, and watch the World Baseball Classic in March.
EasilyDo Email (Android)
The popular iOS EasilyDo Email app crossed over to Android, this week. Besides offering a chronological view of your email messages, the app imposes order on an unruly inbox by organizing your mail by subscriptions, travel reservations, package trackings, entertainment plans, and bills and receipts. Developers say the ability to snooze email will come to Android later this year.
WhatsApp now lets you create status updates using photos, videos, or GIFS that disappear after 24 hours, not unlike Stories in Snapchat. Status updates are visible just to your contacts and, as you'd expect, encrypted end to end.
And from Marco Arment, cofounder of Tumblr and creator of Instapaper, comes a major revision to Overcast, his podcast-listening app for iOS devices. The update brings a revamped interface, improved play controls, and the ability to create a queue of podcast episodes.