Just because Niantic, the creator of Ingress, is no longer part of Google, doesn’t mean that the search giant has abandoned it. Google and some other companies have committed to investing up to $30 million in Niantic in a round of Series A financing.
The world of Pokémon will be getting an infusion of virtual and real world gaming fun thanks to a new title called Pokémon GO that is in the works. The interaction between digital space and meat space is on its way to being a reality for Pokémon fans thanks to some help from Google’s – er, Alphabet’s – Niantic Labs. You may be familiar with Niantic Labs as the creator of the popular Ingress game and it appears Pokémon GO will get a touch of that same technology. Read more
With Google being newly owned by Alphabet, many previously Google owned companies are being broken up and becoming their own company. One of those divisions that will now be it’s own independent company is Niantic Labs.
Niantic Labs, part of the Google collective, has released an update for their popular Ingress augmented reality game. Whether playing for the Resistance or for the Enlightened, users will finally be able to hack portals using their Android Wear smartwatch. Read more
Roaming the world are seven million people that play Ingress, an augmented reality multiplayer game developed by Niantic Labs. The game, who’s developer was birthed by Google, directs players to go to locations and control portals on behalf of its two factions. Now, the quietly popular game is heading to a new medium: television.
The future of gaming, it seems, is not going to be in the next console or on the next big tablet—it will be in our physical world. Read more
Ingress, an augmented reality game produced by Niantic Labs, a company within Google, has announced support for Android Wear will be released next month. Users with smartwatches running the Android Wear system will have access to quickly see the locations of friendly and enemy portals on their device’s screen. Players will also be able to take actions to either defend or capture those portals as appropriate using the smartwatch interface. Read more
Google’s Niantic Labs is pushing out an update to its massive-multiplayer GPS game, Ingress, bringing recruiter medals to its players. As can be inferred, these medals are given to players for inviting new gamers to the battlefield.
Agents, the name given to players of Ingress, can access the Recruit tab from the OPS menu inside of the app, which will walk you through adding your recruits. They must be first time players, of course.
The medals you can earn from recruiting are as follows: Read more
Those of you (7 million of you) that play Ingress will love today’s update. A new featured called “Missions” is being introduced that challenges agents to visit a series of places to either hack or capture a portal and solve a puzzle via supplied clues. On top of that, you will also be able to create your own Missions and share them with other Ingress players.
For starters, only a a few select agents will be able to utilize this feature. It will get expanded over the next few weeks and months to all agents level five and higher.
Over the past weekend Niantic Labs hosted a global event involving their ever popular Ingress. In celebration of the finale of that event, Ingress has graduated out of beta. In just over a year’s time the Niantic Labs has been quite busy. According to their post on Google+:
“2013 has been a great year for Ingress with more than one million Portals discovered and submitted by users and more than one billion total game actions taken.”
With this move from beta, Ingress is bringing an exclusive medal to all agents who helped in the beta and had reached level five before December 14th, 2013. The Founder’s Medal can be received after eligible agents log into the updated app. The folks at Niantic Labs promise even more for Ingress in 2014. That being said, now may be as a good of time as any to download the app, and join.