While the company does not go on to explain why it can see what apps a user has installed, many believe it relates to the abuse of third-party applications that can exploit the game. Since the launch of Pokémon Go, Niantic has had an issue with trainers using GPS-spoofing apps that can either manipulate where the player is or tell them of any nearby Pokémon within a certain radius. Both exploits are technically cheating, as the point of the game is to physically travel to new areas to discover what Pokémon are available. In turn, it’s likely Niantic isn’t snooping around users’ phones to sell personal information but instead is attempting to crack down on cheaters.
Niantic seemed to want to introduce this new change quietly, but with as much traction as its getting in the community, we’ll likely hear a formal response soon. For now, players can get prepared for the launch of Generation III in December and catch the final Legendary Beast before it’s gone forever.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant