Google April Fools Pranks of 2014
Google has continued the April Fools tradition this year with a series of spoof videos and articles purporting to be new technological advances. YouTube has provided a preview of the viral videos of the coming year. Google Maps challenges us to find all the Pokemon characters out there in the world. Google Chrome introduces us to “Emojify the Web”, in which Japanese smiley characters are used to simplify online communication. The Gmail team has brought in “Shelfies”, shareable selfies.
YouTube HQ claims to write, shoot, and upload all of the world’s most popular viral videos. For April 1 there’s a set of previews of what we’ll be watching in 2014.
Google Maps presents Pokemon Challenge, in which dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps. To catch ’em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, “press start,” and begin your quest. Follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebook or Twitter for hints and tips for the most dedicated trainers.
Chrome for Android and iOS presents “Emojify the Web”. Google apps will now translate web pages into Emojis for the purpose of making them faster to read. “Simply tap on the menu icon and select the “Translate to Emoji” option. Tap “Reload” to view the original page”.
The Gmail team has already made it possible for users to create a custom theme on their Gmail page. Gmail Shelfie (Shareable sELFIE) is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie. With just a few clicks, your mom, your aunt, or that girl you have a crush on can set your Shelfie as their Gmail theme so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background.
Google Fiber has launched Coffee to the Home (CTTH) program for Kansas City residents. The team is delivering made-to-order coffee drinks straight to our users at fiber speeds—through the same fiber jack that delivers 100 times faster Internet.
Google has made it easier to make stand-out work applications with AutoAwesome for Resumes.
Google encourages photographers to submit their work for Auto Awesome Photobomb effects, beginning with David Hasselhoff.