In the previous week, ST-Apps, a third party app developer had confirmed that it may release a Windows Phone version of Pokemon GO in August. The developer has now released a beta version of Pokemon GO for Windows Phone.
ST Apps has created PoGo-UWP that can be installed on smartphones running on Windows 10 Mobile. According to the developer, the PoGo-UWP will provide the players with the ability to play in the same game-world as their friends that are playing with an Android or iOS device.
One must be aware of the fact that the Universal Windows Platform client for Pokemon GO created by ST-Apps does not offer the same augmented reality and 3D visuals that are available on the Android and iOS version of the game. The game will allow the players to create Pokemon Trainer Club account that is one of the prerequisites for playing the game.
Before playing PoGo-UWP, players will also have to launch the iOS or Android version of the game to choose a starter Pokemon. This can be done by using BlueStacks, a desktop PC app that can used to launch Android apps on a Windows PC.
PoGo-UWP can be installed by sideloading the app on a Windows Phone. The game provides two installation methods, one for the beginners and the other one for the experts. The latter is meant for developers.
Since PoGo-UWP is still in beta version, the game may not run smoothly. One of the bugs that has been observed while testing is that the game crashes when a player taps or pans on the map after capturing a Pokemon or while visiting a PokeStop.
PoGo-UWP is not an official Pokemon GO app from Niantic and it is only a ported version of the original game. If the company encrypts communication between PoGo-UWP and the server, the game may stop working.
If Niantic has plans to release a Windows 10 version of Pokemon, it may prevent access to the Poko-UWP. As of this writing, nearly 1,000,000 supporters filed their petition for launching an official Pokemon GO for Windows Phone. Speculations suggest that Microsoft is working on a Windows 10 version of Pokemon GO.