Niantic is developing web apps for worldwide POI submissions

Trainers,

it seems that PokéStop submissions could be coming back sooner rather than later! Niantic’s official careers page was updated with a new job opening: Full Stack Web Engineer.

The interesting part is in the job description, as it states that the candidate will have the opportunity to work on “intuitive and beautiful web applications that let millions of users view and submit data on the world’s most interesting locations.

Curiously, the job listing refers to “apps”, as in plural, as in multiple web applications supporting this process.

We can only speculate, but with Ingress already having Operation Portal Recon, this could indicate that Pokémon GO and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game will be the prime targets of these new developments.

The job description also mentions the underlying technologies that will be used in the process of developing these apps (listed below are required technology qualifications):

  • Experience with Javascript and web frameworks, particularly AngularJS
  • Experience with server-side technologies such as Java and/or Python strongly preferred

Java and Python are fairly standard on the server-side of web development, mostly due to their pricing and developer availability. AngularJS has been a rising star in the recent years, so we’re quite excited to see how these web apps will look and feel.

The entire introductory job description is available below:

“Build intuitive and beautiful web applications that let millions of users view and submit data on the world’s most interesting locations. You will work with a proven and experienced team of mobile and cloud developers to gather and display geo data at scale and empower players on a gameboard consisting of the entire world.”

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