You know a game is popular when people are making companion apps for it. That’s exactly what’s happening with Pokemon GO. Developers are creating apps to solve problems in the game. There are two big issues with Pokemon GO. It eats up a lot of battery life and the screen has to be on for anything to be tracked.
The built-in Battery Saver mode tries to solve the problem by turning the screen black when the phone is upside down. However, it can still detect presses and the screen will timeout like usual. The latter is very annoying when you’re trying to hatch eggs, which require a lot of walking. GO Extender is an app that aims to solve all of these issues.
GO Extender will keep your screen on, but only if you’re playing Pokemon GO. When you close the game it will return your screen timeout to normal. On top of that, GO Extender uses your phone’s proximity sensor and device orientation to detect when it’s in your pocket or upside down. When that happens, GO Extender turns the screen black and disables touches, but the game keeps running.
This is pretty much the perfect solution. You can put your phone in your pocket and not have to worry about phantom presses. When a Pokemon is nearby you’ll still feel the vibration. The black overlay is also a big battery saver for phones with AMOLED displays (most Samsung devices). You can hatch more eggs and use less battery.
If you’re an intense Pokemon GO player, GO Extender is a must-have. Don’t waste time going into the Settings to disable the screen timeout or accidentally close the game while your phone is in your pocket. GO Extender adds options that make so much sense we can’t believe they aren’t in the official game. The app is free and only requires accessibility service to detect when Pokemon GO is opened.