- Google adds treasure maps
- YouTube is closing down after 8 years
- Who needs a Hyperloop when you have Teleport Transporter (Beta)?
- Google Play Developer Console improvements
- Here's a fancy Easter Egg from Google. Literally.
- You know what to do
- Google Nose (beta)
- Google+ photos gain human emotions
- Gmail Blue
- Samsung makes fun of its own S-/Smart overload with Eco Trees
- Self-driving cars? Pfft - Google has self-writing code
- We're being watched from space, time to put on our tinfoil hats for real this time
- Google Fiber is bringing all the boys to the yard
- Twitter finally figures out its monetization plan
- Presenting the toaster of the future
- MugenPower has a 558,000mAh battery for the Note II
- If Android can power ovens, Nokia can build a microwave
- Toshiba introduces Toshibasphere
- Newegg has the best cell phone and portable audio deals
- Bing does Google
- SwiftKey makes typing a full-body workout with Tilt
- Google Wallet Mobile ATM will make your bank obsolete
- Apple shills shut down /r/androidcirclejerk
- Lookout sets up a fake Android Police site
- Virgin Mobile USA wants to bring back pagers, though this time powered by Android
- Razer turns its mice into phones
April Fool's 2013 is here (at least in some time zones), and the Internet has already given birth to a few early pranks. We will spend the next two days second-guessing every piece of written content, getting rickrolled, and generally feeling the way members of bomb squads do on their missions.And we will
hate love every minute of it.
So, let's take a look at the best Android, mobile, and Google-related jokes that hit the web this year.
*** This page will be continuously updated ***
Google adds treasure maps
The Street View team has found Captain Kidd's treasure maps and integrated them into Google Maps. Zoom way in for added spyglass awesomeness. Supposedly, throughout the day the Google Maps G+ page could be dropping more clues, some of which you see in the video.
YouTube is closing down after 8 years
Turns out, YouTube is just a giant competition to find the best video on the Internet. And now the site is finally closing after receiving enough submissions. The winner will be announced in 10 years. See you then.
Who needs a Hyperloop when you have Teleport Transporter (Beta)?
You won't find this on iOS. Courtesy of Incorporate Apps.
Google Play Developer Console improvements
Who's going to publish the first truly awesome application?
Here's a fancy Easter Egg from Google. Literally.
You need a modern browser that supports WebGL to see the result. Unfortunately, viewing on your mobile seems to be out - even Chrome Beta doesn't work with it. I also tried Dolphin and the new Opera Beta with no luck.
Edit: Chrome will work if you enable the experimental WebGL support via chrome:flags. Thanks, David!
You know what to do
Go to an Apple store and do this. It's incredibly well-done. The page even updates the progress percentage and hides the mouse cursor while showing the corresponding spinner for the selected OS.
Update #2: It's back.
Google Nose (beta)
Google Nose - Google, now with 100% more alley pee.
Thanks, Al's nose!
Google+ photos gain human emotions
Load up any of your Google+ photos, press the new "Add emotion" button, and voila - 100% more emotions, instantly. Revolutionary!
I know I said Google+ photos with emotions was revolutionary. I was wrong. Gmail Blue is truly revolutionary. Just like Samsung's Nature UX. But even more revolutionarierer.
Samsung makes fun of its own S-/Smart overload with Eco Trees
Samsung Eco Trees, powered by S-Hit and other fertilizers.
Self-driving cars? Pfft - Google has self-writing code
+Life at Google, the official Jobs @ Google account (not that Jobs).
We're being watched from space, time to put on our tinfoil hats for real this time
Google Fiber is bringing all the boys to the yard
Their fiber, it's better than yours.
Twitter finally figures out its monetization plan
Presenting the toaster of the future
Wait, this isn't a real product? Waaaaaah! No wonder I couldn't find the Android app in the Play Store.
MugenPower has a 558,000mAh battery for the Note II
Want half a year charge? Just bring this battery pack powered by nuclear energy along with you. Also available for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Blackberry Z10, and Lumia 820.
If Android can power ovens, Nokia can build a microwave
But it's afraid to mention Windows or Microsoft in the announcement. Half-assing even the April Fools jokes?
Toshiba introduces Toshibasphere
Game over, guys, pack it up. For the 2nd year in a row, Toshiba's April inventions win the Internet. There's no contest here - Toshibasphere is the king of this castle.
Newegg has the best cell phone and portable audio deals
Antennas are coming back. I knew it!
Bing does Google
Go to Bing.com and type in "google." How clever, unlike those Bing vs Google ads.
SwiftKey makes typing a full-body workout with Tilt
Because tapping, flowing, and swiping have all been done before, SwiftKey takes the keyboard experience to the next level with Tilt.
Google Wallet Mobile ATM will make your bank obsolete
If you find yourself needing to hit the ATM fairly often, Google has the solution with the new Mobile Wallet ATM. Withdrawals and deposits can now be made on the fly directly from your phone!
Apple shills shut down /r/androidcirclejerk
This subreddit has been shut down due to numerous cease and desist requests by Apple corporation. I'm starting to have /r/acj withdrawals already.
Lookout sets up a fake Android Police site
Liam Spradlin is impressed.
No comment, but let's just say, years of malware research led us to build a naughty photo indexing system to leverage is.gd/FM9paa
— Lookout Engineering (@LookoutEng) April 1, 2013
Virgin Mobile USA wants to bring back pagers, though this time powered by Android
Have you ever paged at LTE speeds before? I thought so. Don't knock it till you try it.
Razer turns its mice into phones
Genius! I hope the next model has a removable battery and a microSD card slot.
*** Keep visiting this page throughout the day for more April Fool's pranks - it will be continuously updated ***