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There is just a lack of leaves on all the map even tough i do have pokemon nearby it makes no sense also my version is 0.33.0 and 5.1 android

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    they removed it – Aequitas Aug 11 '16 at 23:41
  • @Aequitas I know they removed the tracker, but did they also remove the little green rustles of leaves on the map? Perhaps that's what this question is referring to – wcarhart Aug 11 '16 at 23:48
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Initially, the leaves were used as a way to identify a possible Pokémon location - that is, an identifier to indicate where you might encounter a Pokémon.

This has since been removed in the last few updates. (Prior to 0.33.0 on Android)

The explanation as to why however, is lacking, so speculation abounds.

  • It is likely that since the changes to the "Nearby" tracking system have been implemented, this identifier is no longer relevant.
  • It is also possible that this was fairly useless to most users anyway, as there have been many reports all over the internet that this feature reaped no rewards.
  • Since there has been no proof to say exactly what this was for, it is entirely possible that this was purely aesthetic, and the user speculation created a theory about how it had some sort of in-game function. In this case, I don't see why Niantic would leave it in game if it was creating nothing but confusion and frustration in the user population.

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