Minecraft Pocket Edition Patch Will Bring Achievements and More to iOS, Android

By Kelly Packard, 4 months ago
Pistons and pig-riding are just two of the things promised in an upcoming update for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, the newly available Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Android) beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition (iOS). The functionality will also be added for players to earn achievements in both the Android and iOS mobile versions, a feature already present in the Windows 10 Edition Beta.

Pistons are blocks with the capability to push another block — this can enable players to create interactive items like a drawbridge or trap door. There are also sticky pistons, which are able to push or pull a block. Creative minds can see the endless possibilities opened up with such a mechanic.

Pig-riding is, well, it's pig-riding.

Mojang has released a full sneak peek video below:

This will be update .15, which Mojang has labeled "The Friendly Update," most likely due to the addition of Xbox LIVE multiplayer with friends or perhaps the "mysterious, as-yet-unspecified friendliness" listed in the patch notes. Here is the full list of what's headed to these platforms soon:

New Features

• Mysterious, as-yet-unspecified friendliness
• Pistons and sticky pistons!
• Observer blocks: new blocks that can detect changes in neighboring blocks
• Xbox Live Achievements on iOS and Android
• Online multiplayer with Xbox Live friends!
• Leads, horses and dyeable horse armor!
• Fire charges
• Pig riding!
• A whole new UI for the main menu, shared with the Windows 10 Edition
• You can now tip arrows using a cauldron and potions!
• Husk zombies in the desert
• Stray skeletons in tundras
• Different villages in taigas and savannahs
• Skeleton horse traps!


• Online play uses less bandwidth now
• Note blocks are a lot louder now
• Walking far from spawn generates a lot less jittering now
• Added more mob eggs to the creative menu

Bug Fixes

• Fixed a lot of crashes!
• Fixed a couple of bugs causing data to be lost or world corruption
• A whole bunch of redstone fixes from the community feedback
• Lots of multiplayer desynchronization fixes
• Nether wart looks different when planted
• Less flickering of the block selection highlight!
• Glass doesn’t become green anymore
• Fixed chests generation in dungeons and desert temples
Mojang has also provided a link for players looking to sign up for the Android beta. The patch will be available on Windows 10, Android and iOS soon.
Credit for this story goes to Shadow Kisuragi
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
College student, longtime gamer, writer and Sour Patch Watermelon enthusiast.