(Portal scan) notifications, notation bugs


Me: Pixel 4 Android 11 , Ingress Prime ver 2.59.2 

Friend: Pixel 4a Android 11, Ingress Prime ver 2.59.2 


Please refer to the attached image

I (@fumiso) scanned a portal that no one was scanning and increased the Scout Controller count by 1 (1)



I haven't received a Displaced notification for 36 days

On the 36th day my friend scanned and uploaded it on the spot. (2)

The scout controller before uploading is me (count 1)

My scanner received a Displaced notification when my friend uploaded it. (4)

However, the Scout Controller display is displayed under the name of another Agent who is not a friend, and the friend's Scout Controller does not increase. (3)

Of course I haven't been alerted until then

Consider it unlikely that someone else uploaded the data while your friend was scanning.

Unfortunately This kind of phenomenon occurs several times in "other portals and other areas."

Is this behavior normal?

Loading the portal before scanning does not rename the Scout Controller

Or is the Comm notification wrong?

Display the scout controller correctly.

I want to be notified correctly when the scan data is overwritten.

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  • BlaumutBlaumut ✭✭✭✭

    Even if its intentional, the status should be updated automatically.

    Furthermore, i will ask to add some kind of marker when i have already scanned a portal

  • If your friend scanned this Portal and displaced your Scout Controller status with 1 Scout Point, then Portal Details should show their codename and not a random Agent's codename.

    @fumiso can you share what is your friend's codename, and approximately what date/time they scanned the Portal?

  • What @InvestigateXM describes is also possible, but I want to confirm based on upload timestamps.

  • fumisofumiso ✭✭✭


    Friend's agent name: @yukachi

    Date and time when I (@fumiso) first scanned + uploaded.

    2020/10/23 23:01

    Date and time @ yukachi scanned + uploaded.

    2020/11/28 16:42

    All dates and times are JST (UTC + 9)

  • ToxoplasmollyToxoplasmolly ✭✭✭✭✭


    Trying to automatically update Scout Controller status on every Portal every day is not an ideal solution

    Y'all are clearly capable of implementing something along the lines of:

    • Start a timer when event A happens on a Portal.
    • Every X seconds, trigger event B on said Portal.
    • When event C happens on said Portal, decide whether to cancel the timer.

    We all know this is as Portal Decay:

    • A = Portal captured
    • X = 1 day
    • B = 15% reduction in energy of each Resonator
    • C = Portal neutralized (cancel timer)

    Scout Controller status is just another form of decay:

    • A = Portal Scan uploaded (and Scout Controller recalculated)
    • X = 30 days
    • B = Cancel timer and recalculate Scout Controller
    • C = n/a

    There is no need to update every portal every day. What am I missing? (Aside from knowledge of the resources available for implementing this, if it is actually correct.)

  • fumisofumiso ✭✭✭


    Thanks for the survey and answers

    >> but we're going to explore options to make Scout Controller status more clear.


    I think more people will scan if it improves in the future.

  • fumisofumiso ✭✭✭


    Thank you for implementing the portal history function. I think this will make it easier for many people to perform portal scans.

  • KarM3LKarM3L ✭✭✭✭

    Capable, yes, is the cost of doing so worth it to Niantic, when so few are actually scannjng? not likely...... perhaps once a significant agents take up the subscription, new threads can be added to the automation...

  • BohemistaBohemista ✭✭
    edited March 2021

    Are there any changes in portal scan in newer versions?

    In version 2.63.1 there is no work for me. The enable portal scanning option was not available in the setting.

    Version 2.63.2. works, portal scan was enable in setting.

    But the last versions 2.65.1 and 2.66. portal scan not working for me. The enable portal scanning option was not available in the setting.

    Where is the problem? Newer version not supported the older version Google services for AR?

    I have honor 20 pro, Google services for AR 1.12.

  • ikaros02ikaros02 ✭✭✭✭

    Have you tried reinstalling the Google services for AR, it might help.

  • BohemistaBohemista ✭✭
    edited March 2021

    I try it just now. Still nothing. It's stupid, because in the Pokemon Go it's work good with the last version. I think, that PoGo and Ingress have the same engine.

    Still the enable portal scanning option was not available in the setting...but only in Ingress. 😡

    Edit: in version 2.66.2. still not available in the setting.

    Post edited by Bohemista on
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