April 1st is the so-called April Fool’s Day, and several brands and companies always make a nod to the date, making a joke or something. Generally, April 1 of the Google is one of the most popular and expected, but since last year the company is not playing games because of the pandemic of COVID-19. However, remembering is living, so we have separated some of the best games that the Google already did.
What if virtual assistants had a little more detail in their designs? And, even better, if they managed to stay in the garden of the houses as a Gnome? This is what one of the games of April 1 of the Google of 2017 imagined, with a great presentation video showing a Google Home all dressed up as a gnome, and in a very thick voice.
In 2010, an American city called Topeka changed its name temporarily to Google, in the hope that this would make the company notice the city and put it in the company’s fiber-optic expansion plans. In one of the April 1st games of that year, the answer came: throughout the day the Google changed the name of its services to Topeka.
That was the first joke made by Google. The idea was that the user looked at a .gif for a minute and then researched what he thought of when he looked at it. The search results would then display funny messages, such as “this search is prohibited by international law”. In the coming years the Google evolved a lot in the jokes, but good to know where he came from, even if it is not the funniest.
O Google in 2007 promised that users of the Gmail would have a way of physically filing their correspondence, from the Gmail Paper. According to the joke, the Google would send emails on soy paper, and on the back, to cut costs, advertisements would be placed. The service would be completely free, without even having to pay the shipping cost.
First made in 2015 and repeated in 2017 with the Ms. Pac-Maps, these April 1 games transformed the maps of the Google Maps in phases of Pac-man. As maps usually have many routes, it is clear that this version of the game is much more difficult than the classic one, reaching the point where many people get frustrated trying to play it.
Pokémon no Google Maps
In 2014, on the first of April, apps from the Google Maps received an update on iOS and no Android that allowed them to show Pokémon on the routes. The user could capture it, and whoever took the original 151 received a certificate from the Google at home. 2 years later, the concept would be revisited and would become a worldwide fever, in the famous mobile game Pokémon Go, which uses augmented reality to make pocket monsters scattered around the world.
The best YouTube video
In one of the games of April 1, 2013, the Google announced that the Youtube would not accept any new videos and that the site would go down until 2023. In 2023, the platform would only return with the best video chosen by the company, with all other deleted videos. They also did a livestream with two people reading descriptions and titles of random videos for 12 hours, and said that it would be repeated every day for 2 years, until talking about all the supposed nominees for the best video award of all time.
Animal translator beta
In 2010, the main page of the Google had a link that led the user to download an application from Android called Animal Translator- Beta. In the application, the user chose an animal and Google showed the translation of his lines, impressively making no sense.
O Google from the Netherlands launched an application, on April 1, 2019, that allowed users to communicate with tulips, using machine learning technology. Kind of hard to imagine, but it was popular, especially based on the video above.
Playing Snake on Maps, one of the last pranks on April 1st
As well as the Pac-Man, the 2019 prank of the Google Maps involved the app allowing users to play the famous snake game, Snakesin some cities. Complex stages, but a lot of fun. The game can still be accessed and played, within the specific site that Google made for it, even counting with the highest scores ever made and the list of cities that the map can be used as the stage of the game.
For more news from Google, such as the site’s tips for staying informed, keep an eye on Showmetech.
Fonte: The Verge
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