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Pokemon Go Plus keeps you catching them all without pulling out a phone

The Pokemon Go Plus device, released to the public Friday, is a wristband that lets Pokemon Go players keep playing the game without having to pull out their smartphone every time they want to catch a Pokemon.

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Catch the update, first

The latest version of the Pokemon Go app on iOS and Android supports the new Pokemon Go Plus device, which costs $35 in the US, £35 in the UK or AU$50 in Australia.

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What's in the box

The Pokemon Go Plus can be used on its own or while attached to an included wristband.

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Wear it anywhere

The gadget can be worn anywhere from the wrist with an included strap, or attached to a pocket using a clip.

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Sync up here

The Settings menu in the Pokemon Go app will have a section that lets you sync up with the Pokemon Go Plus device.

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In-app icon

When synced, a Pokemon Go Plus icon will appear on the app's screen.

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Time to catch those creatures

The device will vibrate and turn green when you are near a Pokemon that you have caught before, and yellow when it's a creature you haven't caught before. Tap the button to try to catch it, and if it blinks several colors, then you have succeeded. If it turns red, then you failed.

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Good for PokeStops as well

When the device glows blue, it means you are at a PokeStop and can tap the button to collect Pokeballs, Berries and Potions among other possible items.

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What did you catch?

You can find out what Pokemon you caught using the device by checking the Journal section of the app.

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Clip it

The Pokemon Go Plus can clip nicely to a jacket.

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