As the paid-for anomaly battles this weekend started, some players found that the app was malfunctioning.
Niantic won't drop ticket prices to Anomalies because they need the money.
If you don't have a ticket, then you can't win an anomaly badge for your scanner.
Telegram is a free to use, ad-free and privately funded secure instant messaging and voice over IP service.
Could it be that starbursts and other new activities (perhaps time-restricted activities like Myriad) are needed for the new badge format?
Once the Ingress Prime app is working better, and the servers are updated, more servers added.... then projects like Level 17 will be worked on.
Importantly, neither the Resistance nor the Enlightened are the villains in the piece.
Ingress Prime bugs have included words that tell players 'Toast Notification', and this April Fools seems to be inspired by them.
Niantic promises more goodies once Prime becomes the new and only way to play.
At the time of writing, there are 477 things about the new app that Ingress players want to change. Nearly 250 of them are bug reports.