Pokemon GO's much-requested "mass transfer" feature is dropping shortly. Players can now "transfer" Pokemon to Professor Willow in batches. So you won't be sending your little pocket monsters to the meat grinder one by one any more.
Seriously, where did you think "Pokemon candy" even came from?
To do this, press and hold a Pokemon. The option will appear after the update hits today or tomorrow. Players have complained since the game's release that transferring Pokemon is tedious and time-consuming. The accumulated hours players spent grinding up scrap Pokemon took away from time reserved for aimlessly wandering around neighbours' yards with the new tracker.
The news comes as Pokemon GO announces its first US partner, Sprint. The telecommunications company will add 10,500 PokeStops and gyms across the States. Allegedly, Pokemon GO will soon claim Starbucks as another partner, according to internal Starbucks documents leaked yesterday. "Most" Starbucks locations will apparently become PokeStops, the documents say.
The leak also referred to "new" Pokemon, potentially 2nd generation or legendaries. Niantic confirmed today that these "new Pokemon" will be announced December 12.