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'Pokémon Go' adds the AR Snapshot feature you've been waiting for

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It’s kind of amazing that this feature is only just arriving in Pokémon Go. It seems like such a no-brainer.

“Go Snapshot” is an augmented reality mode that allows you to drop any of your captured Pokémon into the world (as seen on your phone screen) and take a photo like the proud fake creature parent you are. You can even make them strike a pose.

Here’s how Niantic, the studio behind Pokémon Go, describes the photo process in its announcement:

Select a Pokémon and tap on the screen to throw its Poké Ball to that spot. Once your Pokémon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo. Is your Pokémon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you.

Yes, the virtual being that can’t think and doesn’t actually exist can get distracted. Look, just go with it, OK? Pokémon gonna Pokémon.

Of course, the new feature also includes all the connections and buttons you need to link the app with social media and share your photo creations. What good would they be otherwise? It’s not like anyone’s going to be thumbing through all their fond Pokémon Go AR memories on their deathbed.

This cute, new Go Snapshot feature should be launching “soon,” so keep an eye out for app updates.

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