Last Updated: May 13th, 2013

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.

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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 ***

Check out April Fool's pranks from 2011 and 2012.

If you want to contribute something Android / Mobile / Google-themed that we haven't seen yet, feel free to comment with the url and optionally a brief description. We'll put the best ones up. Once again, please stick to Android, Mobile, and Google.

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.

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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?

Thanks, Nicholas!


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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!



Thanks, Angel!

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: Looks like we managed to kill the site. Hope they're back soon with better hosting.

Update #2: It's back.

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Thanks, Leonard!

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!

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Gmail Blue

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).

 Self-Writing Code 01 Self-Writing Code 02[3] Self-Writing Code 03

Thanks, Raul!

We're being watched from space, time to put on our tinfoil hats for real this time

Google Analytics.


Thanks, @ackeryfretty!

Google Fiber is bringing all the boys to the yard

Their fiber, it's better than yours.

Twitter finally figures out its monetization plan

Annncng: Twttr


Thanks, Christina!

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.


Thanks, Daniel!

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?


Thanks, Gheo!

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!


Thanks, George!

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.


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.


Thanks, Sam!


*** Keep visiting this page throughout the day for more April Fool's pranks - it will be continuously updated ***

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Tim Durden

    i love google. What other multinational company has as much fun trolling on April fools day as they do.

    • David Z

      I like how they also understand the backlash they're getting from closing down Reader and just rolling with it

      • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

        Backlash shmacklash, they released an excellent product, then decided it wasn't worth supporting said free product, allowed people to export all data, and have not yet shut it down. People need to stop acting like Google owes us anything, what they give us is quite phenomenal, and by collecting our data, they give us relevant ads.

        • http://twitter.com/JayHarry5 JayHarry

          as Peggy responded I'm stunned that a single mom can earn $8871 in a few weeks on the network.

          • daas88

            Wow that's amazing, tell me how. You lazy spammers aren't even giving us a link to click.

        • http://twitter.com/JayHarry5 JayHarry

          ....---goo.gl/CPlMw (Home more information)

      • GigiAUT

        Who are we to judge? The Lord Google giveth as He does Taketh. Didn't we get a nice Note taking app as a peace offering?

        • dorabowers

          just before I saw the draft which said $6901, I be certain that...my... father in law woz like actualie bringing in money part-time on their computer.. there uncle haz done this 4 only eight months and just now cleared the depts on there place and purchased Mini Cooper. this is where I went, jump15.comCHECK IT OUT

    • RitishOemraw

      Blizzard is known to also go trough great lengths for aprils fools day. Can;t wait to read about them.

      • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

        I wish they followed through with the Wisp race in WoW, they could have done it, and made it mostly for mules. They really put a lot of thought, money, and efford like Google, which makes them feel more like a "person" than Mitt Romney could ever make me feel about a corporation.

        • RitishOemraw

          That person bit is fun, the wisp part....meh, not rally that into wisps etc

    • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

      From the way a bunch of entitled whiners make it sound, they are trolling on Easter too.

      • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

        They didn't have Easter on the main page, clearly they're a socialist organization.

    • bluevoodo

      The other companies troll on a daily basis. :(

      • arlindaatkinson

        my classmate's step-mother makes $87 hourly on the internet. She has been fired for seven months but last month her payment was $21840 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on  Ask25.c­om

    • azboo13

      Good old EA has become a pro.

  • http://twitter.com/ISoldTheGun Grandpa

    This will be the best April fool if it actually shut down for like 2 hours... People will have heart attacks!

  • http://twitter.com/anjiecai anjiecai

    what phone is that in the first video? THe guy who uses sunlight

    • Alex

      lol an iphone with android video playing on it... or prolly just a green screen

      • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

        Not an iphone

  • Freak4Dell

    It would be awesome if they really did close down Youtube at midnight tonight (and opened it back up at midnight tomorrow, of course).

  • Leonard Krum

    another good idea... http://fediafedia.com/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Very well done.

      • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

        It's been hugged to death ):

        • http://twitter.com/WoShiJiawei Adrian アドリアンタン郭華

          dead again, hosting24 is just useless

      • Steven

        Even better when the update is over 100%.

    • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

      Think I'm going to have to troll coworkers and IT during their lunch breaks with it.

  • RitishOemraw

    Breaking news: Apple just bought Google

  • Angel Penabad

    Don't know if this can be called something about April Fools but....search this on google:

    1.2+(sqrt(1-(sqrt(x^2+y^2))^2) + 1 - x^2-y^2) * (sin (10000 * (x*3+y/5+7))+1/4) from -1.6 to 1.6

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Sure, it's a nice homage to April Fools.

    • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

      That's not really april fools, it's just maths.

  • Gabriel Ittner

    The Google Play Developer Console has a new feature called "Add new awesome application". Here is what it does: http://imgur.com/a/n7q2T

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Added, thanks. Got all the screenshots from the process, which are hilarious.

  • Matteo Luigi Riso

    Linus Torvalds joins Microsoft to develop Windows 9.


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's just not very funny, or well-written. Pass.

  • Sven L.

    The Youtube competition is just brilliant. Laughed a lot.

  • http://twitter.com/Bonechi_Matteo Matteo Bonechi
  • Al
    • Angel Penabad

      Wet dog, aggressive and foxy with notes of musk, wet towel. LOL

  • Al
    • RitishOemraw

      Google nose everything about you that there is to no


  • Craig Simpson

    lol ill host that windows script for apple on my androidnexus site

  • Sandeep Reddy

    I put up the various destination links for Google Nose BETA here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107800116501012186371/posts/WdMpKNiCBqM

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    To enable the easter egg in the chrome mobile browser.. . Enter chrome://flags in the address bar... . Then enable experimental webgl.. . . Now restart the browser and it will work

  • Austin

    Anyone else notice the phone from the Maps Commercial?

    • PhilNelwyn

      It looks weird, what is it?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/thedeusexmakina [J. B. cyruz]

    If you're on facebook, I'm sure you can connect your account with Google Nose.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Sure, Facebook stinks...

  • DependsOnTheLight

    Am I doing this right?

    • Freak4Dell

      That's not ASCII art, so...no.

      • DependsOnTheLight

        This is what happens when I don't read the instructions >_<

    • Johnny

      Was this supposed to be funny?

      • DependsOnTheLight

        Here comes the party pooper.

  • Maxwell Kozlov

    I'm ashamed to say that on the "Try Nose Beta" feature, I actually tried sniffing around.

  • Byung-Hoon Cho
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's from last year.

      • Byung-Hoon Cho

        Oh, didn't realise, sorry :L

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Google Nose can tell you when you're too drunk to drive your car and what good smells are emanating from nearby restaurants.

  • mailbait

    mailbait.info is pretty awesome.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Looks more like spam to me. Anyone else?

  • potato

    YouTube collection is from last year...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Doh. Is it?

      Edit: Thanks, removed.

  • IncCo

    You should remove the last one "The YouTube Collection, yours for the low-low price of just under $3mln" This is from last year .. !

    Edit: Thats better ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Already did.




  • IncorporateApps

    Don't forget to Reddit about our Teleport app, we need all the beta testers we can find!

  • FadyMahfouz
  • Al

    Add emotions on Google Plus images

  • Al

    You can add emotions to images in Google Plus

  • DoubleP90


    Google+ is automatically adding emoticons bubbles based on the mood you have in a photo

    • firethorn

      And it's frankly amazing how well it works, all things considered. After playing around with some face and group shots I decided to try it with my parents' dog, and it gave it an actual dog emoticon.

  • Joel Porano

    Nice! Seeing others pop up over the internet eg Unpakt will now move you to the moon! http://www.unpakt.com

  • firethorn
    • Ygor Vaz

      can someone explain me this one? English is my second language and I'm not getting the joke XD

      • nicereddy

        They pretend like they created a "revolutionary" and "amazing" product that took a very long time to create, but in reality they just colored everything blue.

        • firethorn

          Yes, I think it's lambasting overly enthusiastic product announcements where trivial / unimaginative features and updates are hailed as way awesome (or, you know, "magical").
          And probably a very subtle dig at Windows Blue as well (my favorite Microsoft / Zune gag is "Brown was a disaster..." ;))

      • Mei

        Google is essentially saying, the color 'blue' makes a big difference in Gmail theme. But sadly, it took them six years of development to figure this out.

      • Mei

        Forgot to mention another point, they were also making fun of Microsoft's "blue" dig.

    • Russell Walker

      Seems to be a riff on "Windows Blue", which is the codename for the next version of Windows that is really just an update and won't change much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aasif.me Aasif Khan
  • http://twitter.com/exynoshd Daniel

    Is apples april fools joke going to be an original idea? We all know they would never actually release one of those.

    • GigiAUT

      Cos they're a joke all year round :D

  • http://profiles.google.com/sean.p.cummins Sean Cummins

    I just blue myself.

    • http://twitter.com/HairoR Hairo R. Carela

      i went to check gmail... it wasn't blue :(

  • http://twitter.com/FaRTJeTpAcK A Pretty Princess

    I don't understand the S-Hit thing and how that name is relevant to trees or plants. pLEASE hlpe; me

    • Freak4Dell

      Is that your version of an April Fool's joke?

      Just in case it's not, remove the hyphen and say the word. That's a component of fertilizer. Fertilizer helps plants grow.

  • Keith Myers

    Take a look at my new prank http://ServerMeadows.com - Server/Mobile Phone Burrial and Cremation Services

  • Daniel
  • Arvind Velusamy

    Aaaand we killed that site again

  • http://www.facebook.com/Somdatta.Helix Somdatta Bose

    isn't the treasure mode in google maps available in india??..... i don't have a treasure button.... nor do i get the treasure mode when i go to https://www.maps.google.com/treasure ..... please google!!.... i wan't it in india !!.....

    • Jagannath Patil

      dude check today`s date :)

  • nope
    • Melissa Peterson

      You spelled George's last name wrong it's Takei not Takai.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amazing.christina Christina Anderson

    Twitter: http://blog.twitter.com/2013/03/annncng-twttr.html

    Also: thinkgeek.com - check out their new "products" you can buy.

  • Nig Fury

    powered by "S-Hit" hahaha

  • http://www.virtuaniz.com/ Akshat Mittal

    There is one more, Google Analytics are getting 41 'real-time' hits on every website #AprilFool

  • http://compixels.com Binoy xavier

    Google Fiber to the Pole https://fiber.google.com/about/poles/

  • gspida

    Ok so I go to android police . com on the dolphin browser and I get this pop up with??

  • Leonard Krum

    And... another from DeviantArt... http://www.deviantart.com/deviantheart/
    Date service for DA users!

  • Gheo. Slevoacă
  • Neo
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I saw that, but it was so lame I passed.

  • workshy

    Fitelle's 'Wear it and eat it' environmentally friendly bra :

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

    There's Nokia trolling with their Touch Screen Lumia like Microwave Oven..

  • http://www.facebook.com/sFang4189 George Louie
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • wollac11

    Omgubuntu have a cool one: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/bash/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nice one.

    • firethorn

      april@omg-ubuntu:~/$ fortune
      Love. You can learn all the math in the 'Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as a turn of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting before she keels. Makes her a home.

      Just having rewatched Serenity literally yesterday, I think I cried a little at that...

      • George L

        That and "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal." Sigh.

        • firethorn

          I didn't do 'fortune' again after getting the above quote right away, didn't feel like jinxing it. ;)

          Now, I also see "Don't pay anybody in advance. And don't ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine, they fall right out of the sky." They really are fond of Serenity quotes at omg-ubuntu looks like.

          • George L

            I didn't see that one, but I'll definitely give it another go when I get on a more stable net connection.

            And hey, you can never be too fond of or have enough Firefly/Serenity quotes.

  • PCSievers

    Shibasphere is pure win. The "pet the dog" game with a guy acting it out next to the dog was genuinely lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, I was floored how well Toshiba executed once again.

  • http://twitter.com/thofeelexp ThoFeelExp
  • adampoker

    as a poker player myself I did this one: http://www.cardschat.com/poker-glasses.php - I'd actually be interested though in the legalities of whether you could get away with it in real life!

  • http://www.facebook.com/balvinder.makkar.7 Balvinder Makkar

    Wait treasure maps...what..lol its still better than apple maps..:p

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Slovak website mojandroid.sk ("moj Android" means "my Android") published an article about Nokia Lumia A1, the first Nokia phone with Android OS.
    Here's the link: http://www.mojandroid.sk/2013/04/01/nokia-lumia-a1-prvy-android-smartfon/

    I checked and Google Translate does great job translating it to English, so actually all information remains unchanged and the sentences make sense. (This is not always true when translating the other way - from English to Slovak).

  • acer1096xxx
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  • vibhor nizhavan

    hehehe awesome creation google nose rofl

  • LazarusDark

    I wouldn't put bing.com in my address bar even for that...

    • blahmoomoo

      You really aren't missing anything. That "I'm Feeling Confused" thing makes it more of a half-hearted slap than a tongue in cheek. Ugh.

    • GraveUypo

      bing is surprisingly good. i had the same mentality as you but one day google was down for me and i had to use it, and i have to say, i was positively surprised.

      there are things about it that are actually better than google, like searching for videos in general (fucking google video searches are pretty much youtube searches nowadays, and the interface is also better on bing), aside from the fact that the toolbar for the image search stays on-screen if you scroll down, and the page doesn't have to reload if you switch search categories.

      i still use google whenever i can though because i'm lazy and used to it (and lately i fucking hate microsoft from the bottom of my heart), but i have to give credit where it's due.

  • http://twitter.com/blkxltng Max
  • http://twitter.com/pnocetti Pablo Nocetti

    Watch out for swimmer's new full body typing experience "Tilt" http://www.swiftkey.net/en/blog/swiftkey-tilt/

  • http://twitter.com/Mo3tasm Mo3tasm

    A really interesting "TearDown"...


  • joe s.

    You should mention the zombie apocalypse in NationStates.

  • Tim Hayes
  • Lalit Mali

    FediaFedia.com is the best thing ever!

  • matt m

    Did anyone see the April Fools email from Razer explaining about a new firmware update allows you to use your Razer mouse as a cell phone?

  • http://twitter.com/AMDPhenomX4 Jared Kaczynski
  • XzinteR
  • http://twitter.com/cnt cnt

    my fav.. Unpakt .. now moving to the moon! http://www.unpakt.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=738870478 Julio García Muñoz

    The SwiftKey joke actually works, their comment saying "Have you found it yet...?" made me go through the youtube video comments, and as somebody said, look at the video at 00:36 and it'll show you how to activate the tilt function, just type the word "tilt" and long-press over it, besides the usual "Remove word" you'll see "Swiftkey Tilt"

  • http://twitter.com/mvndaai Jason Mavandi

    You are missing pirate bay moving to the USA and renaming itself Freedom Bay

  • http://www.facebook.com/djnightshadow David Wilkerson

    I know this isnt Android, Mobile or Google but it is Amazon. I have never personally seen one from Amazon. This is a Amazon local deal for the canine dude ranch. http://local.amazon.com/announce/canine-dude-ranch?cid=em_eb_000_130401&ref_=pe_254660_29008120

  • Matt Lai

    Cold searches in Google Trends -- https://www.google.com/trends/coldtrends

  • József Király

    Google came with the usual totally obvious stuff (though I love the references to different sci-fi universes in the Teleport app), Toshiba ruled the "market", and DID SWIFTKEY DO THE HARLEM SHAKE IN THEIR VIDEO???? WHAT THE FRAK?

  • niknetniko
  • jeffrey beck

    Check out red box. There April fools joke is pretty funny

  • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor
  • fixxmyhead

    these are stupid and not funny

  • spacekobra

    If you're posting reddit related ones.

    Reddit bought TF2.

  • David Jungmann
    • GigiAUT

      I can't believe they're actually doing this!

    • Yuku Sugianto

      They are doing it seriously. 2.5 hours and still going.

      • GraveUypo

        it's almost 12 hours now. holy shit that's commitiment

    • mechapathy

      Is it sad that I watched 9.5 hours of that? In my defense I am laid up in a cast and unable to drive...Still probably not a reasonable excuse.

  • http://twitter.com/FlashVid Flash Video

    ...And some major news out on Adobe this morning:

    Adobe to Skip CS7, Go Right to CS17 Instead

    Founder Cites Mayan Calendar, Vintage Cars, and Memorable Birthday Party in Decision


  • garychencool

    Harlem Shake Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAeonkVJ0Q Because it just had to be done. :P

  • gspida

    My first post didn't show the pic so I will do this again. When I went to androidpolice.com on the dolphin browser in my phone a pop up warning said this....... So whats up with that?? Edit this is not a April Fools Joke.

  • Bariman43

    OMG I thought that Lookout/SnapChat article was totally real! I don't always fall for April Fools' jokes but that really got me good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius


  • BigBernard

    These are shit.

  • Pedro Pina

    Hi guys have you seen the one from Coursera? Underwater Basketweaving... Here's the link:


  • DoubleP90

    The Google+ emoticons are actually working!!

  • Ian Ranson

    This is possibly a bit late but a British Newspaper, The Guardian, has made an April fools video showcasing a product called Guardian Goggles - a parody on Google Glass.

    Video here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/video/2013/apr/01/guardian-goggles-video

  • http://www.facebook.com/thatoneguy314 Chris Ellorris

    Did no one here see Netflix's April Fools? It was subtle yet hilarious.