Google has launched a range of interactive hoaxes designed to build the love on April Fool’s Day. Google Maps has been given a Treasure Maps makeover, with treasure chests hidden by pirates. Youtube will be closed down for ten years to allow time to choose the ultimate winner. Google Nose helps gullible users try and work out what their queries smell like. Google+ has introduced an automated stylised emotions service for people posting photographs.
Google has launched the hand-drawn Treasure Map mode on Google Maps, following on from the experimental 8-bit Google Maps of 2012. Google explains the map belonged to infamous pirate William “Captain” Kidd, and was found on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean while the team was expanding their underwater Street View collection. Users are invited to help crack the code and find the treasure with hidden clues. A spyglass is used in Street View.
Google has announced that after eight years the channel will be closed down to allow hundreds of judges to choose a winner. At midnight, April 1, all videos will be deleted. The site will go back online in 2023 featuring the winner of Youtube and nothing else. “Thanks for all your great entries. YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner. What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube? We’ve been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we’ve seen so far, and we can’t wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We’ll be announcing the winner in 10 years.”
Google has introduced “Google Nose” (BETA), a service that lets you search to find out what your queries smell like. Street Sense vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles. Android Ambient Odor Detection collects smells via the world’s most sensible mobile operating system. SMELLCD™ 1.8+ high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors. We’d try it if we could. The blue try button redirects you to amusing searches such as “wet dog,” “used napkin,” or “diaper.”
Gmail launched nine years ago on April 1st, 2004. Since then you’ve been able to use hundreds of new features that push the boundaries of what email can do and make it easier to get things done. Starting today, you’ll get to experience the next big step for Gmail, Gmail Blue. Watch the video to learn more.
Google+ now offers stylized emotions to enhance photos. Erik Murphy-Chutorian, software engineer at Google, explains the innovation. “Starting today, we will give you the option to add stylized emotions to your photos. To give it a try, simply open one of your pictures in the lightbox, and click the “Add emotion” button at the top left of the screen. We will plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon. Click on the button again to return to the original version of your photo. We hope you enjoy using the feature and we look forward to seeing your emotionally-charged posts ;)”
Users of Google Analytics who check out the Real Time views section will notice that for April 1 there are 41 visitors from the International Space Station.
Google Play developers have been given an invitation to participate in the development of a new app based on “advanced machine learning algorithms” that have “discovered … the common patterns and characteristics of successful applications.”