Ingress, Google's augmented reality game, hits iPhone and iPad

Ingress is a real-world location-based augmented reality game for Android made by Google's Niantic Labs — and it's just arrived in the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The Android version of Ingress has been out for almost two years already.

If you don't mind sharing your iPhone or iPad's location and activities, you can download and start playing Ingress now. That bit is something to consider. Ingress is "free" because, like so many of Google's services, you're paying with your personal data — in this case, where you are. For some, that's no concern at all. Google Maps or Google+ or a host of other Google services are already collecting all that. For others, however, location is something most valuable than time, money, or attention. It's something very few apps are granted access to.

If you do decide to give Ingress a go on your iPhone or iPad, let me know how you like it!

Thanks, Robert!

Ingress transforms the real world into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition.

Our future is at stake. You must choose a side.

A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

"The Enlightened" seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us. "The Resistance" struggle to defend, and protect what's left of our humanity.

Install Ingress and transform your world.

The World is the Game

Move through the real world using your Android device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance. Strategy

The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.

What is the Niantic Project?

Is this just a game? An Investigation Board ( filled with cryptic clues and secret codes awaits. The story evolves everyday. Powerful secrets and game tech are there to be unlocked.

Form Alliances

The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.

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  • It's great! Viva la resistance!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • +1 Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Full disclosure, I'm an Enlightened agent and L14 (that means I play a lot). Here is my advice to new Ingress agents, if you have friends who play be on their team, this game is beat when playing with friends. If you don't have friends who play join the underdog team in the area you'll be playing in. After you sign up but BEFORE you choose a team you can go to to see the map of your area. If you will be playing in Southern California please consider joining the Enlightened, we need all the help we can get as we are very outnumbered.
  • As an L12 Resistance agent I completely agree the game is so much more fun when you play in a team concept . Most areas have G+ groups for the individual Enlightened and Resistance teams in your area if you have just joined a faction, have a look for your local faction group and join in as quickly as you can. Agents with experience can show you some great tips on game play and help you level really quickly. I cannot tell you how many wonderful friendships have come from my time playing the game and I encourage anyone who is thinking about it to give it a try. Just take the blue pill :-).
  • Here cones a flood of new folks. Hopefully they level up soon to take out the enlightened in DC area that being said. It will definitely be harder to keep portals for long
  • You HAD to do that whole "Google is evil and will sell your info to the devil" thing .-.
    Google has NOTHING to do with your location while playing Ingress, they don't show you ads of a local restaurant or something like that in the app, so what use would your location have other than for the game itself?
    What Google DO gain with the game is that they get to know important locations, descriptions and images of those locations all around the world that they can use to improve even more Google Maps :)
  • I actually agree. I've had no issues or ads while playing the game. Maybe Senior Ritchie hasn't experienced the fun yet. Try it! I walked 30 miles in 3 days playing it. #mobilefit Posted via iMore App
  • I'm paranoid about location. I generally don't give apps location permission unless I need to for functionality (like Maps). I also don't share it with social networks (and when I discover it's being unintentionally shared, I turn it off as soon as I notice). I don't think Google is evil. I think there are a lot of amazing people there having the same philosophical and ethical conversations about privacy that we are. I just don't think they need my location data, nor do I feel most of their products offer sufficient value to make me want to relinquish what I consider to be profoundly valuable information. So, yeah, I don't see Page or Brin donning Palpatine robes and giving Special Order 66, frying me where I stand. But I do see being considerate about this stuff. Maybe I'll give Ingress a try, maybe not. I just want to make sure we think about the price, especially when we're paying it in data and privacy.
  • Location access is needed for locating you on the map :) This is an augmented reality game after-all..
  • Maybe because it sounds VERY reminiscent of War Games? This game is actually a front for something much more sinister? ;) Sent from the iMore App
  • I probably would download and try this app if it had NOTHING to do with google in any way.
  • It kind of has nothing to do with Google, Niantic is a start up and funded by Google. They don't share any information apparently and are quite separate. But don't let your hate of google get in the way of a great game :)
  • From Wikipedia:
    Niantic Labs, or NianticLabs@Google, is an internal startup within Google, Inc.[1]
  • Maybe you can use someone's phone who doesn't mind sharing their location with Google (like Phil) then you can play the game and Google won't target you. (the iMore Chief)
  • and Apple's iAd is not "targeting" ads.. :) Sent from the iMore App
  • Call me old, but give me three other dudes and a deck of cards and some whiskey and let the smack talking play out over spades. That’s much more fun and you get to interact with actual people.
  • +1,000 What brand do you prefer?
  • I don't play that deuce deuce joker crap. I throw away the jokers from my decks.
  • You know they have a multiply play Spades app but I agree there's nothing like a deck of cards near a campfire Sent from the iMore App
  • Whoa calm down gramps... ;)
  • Ingress forces you to interact with actual people. It's actually an improvement over spades because it generally forces you to meet new people. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Says not available in the US store...
  • Try again my friend, and have a very Enlightened day. #GoGreen
  • I've been playing for a year now and I recently lost my android and was given an iPhone. Upon trying the iPhone app on this iPhone 4s, I noticed every portal I hacked gave me no items. I also noticed that my weapons miss all enemy resos. Unacceptable. There will need to be an update before I can even use this app. What a tease. You are better then this #Google #Ingress #NotReady
  • I've been battling same thing with iPhone 4s. No deployed resonators stick on servers or have any effect beyond local iPhone. Hacking and firing never do anything either. Coworkers with iPhone 5 all work fine. I'm starting to think iPhone 4s can't send activity back to servers. It's not my google account either. I logged into Ingress with friend's iPhone 5, and it worked fine and I leveled up.
  • Same for me... Tutorials work fine but since finishing them....then hacking always produces zero items, unclaimed portals are claimed when I place resonators but resonators dont show up on portal or in servers. When I return the portal is unclaimed again. AP has stayed at zero ... Seems like a problem with the 4/4s models?