Google does its part to celebrate the major US holidays, not to mention quite a few others, but April Fools' Day appears to be its favorite. The company goes all out every year, and it's already looking like 2014 may just be its very best effort yet. In addition to scattering Pokemon all over Maps, Google is now dispersing emoji all throughout Chrome.

The feature is optional, but once enabled, Chrome will replace certain words with emoji. Take, for example, the phrase "Google Play Gift Cards." Instead of just showing the text, Chrome will display the word "Google," a picture of a game controller for "Play," a present for "Gift," and a credit card for "Card." Once the initial shock and confusion wears off, it's kind of cute.

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To get the feature to work (for those of us still trucking along in March 31st), just change your date to April 1st and open up the browser. Then proceed to understand each new post on a whole new level.

Thanks, Byung-Hoon Cho.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • cabbieBot

    -_- another year, another bunch of knee-slappin april fools 'pranks'. meh.

    • Eric

      You are meh..
      I love them!

      • cabbieBot

        I admit to being meh. For as well-produced they are, they just aren't amusing to me. And plus, the fact that we all KNOW they are coming sort of takes the wind out of the ol 'april fools' sail. Anyways, they are harmless but meh :) /curmudgeon

        • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

          You'd be surprised how many people still fall for them. Toilet ISP lmao!

          • Graham Banzer

            haha easily my favourite april fools prank ever! i actually fell for that looking back

          • kassi

            they still go for that old prank he must be good at it

    • Averix

      Lighten up and enjoy it. The Pokemon one is great.

  • Transdence1

    pics of bee for be is funny

    • kassi

      lol they are

  • Stephen McGann

    And further illumination is cast upon the free time of the greatest software engineers in the world.

  • Android Developer

    AP : the developer website also has a weird 1st-April prank:
    I've even tried to join it to see what will happen, and when I choose an app I've made I see this.
    I've attached images of what I see.
    BTW, you are welcomed to check out my app : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lb.app_manager

  • Moosa Mahsoom

    That was a total surprise.

  • Deepansh Khurana

    Why isn't this a permanent feature? :3

  • Joseph Lee

    Goodbye sarcasm tag!

  • porteal

    Reading this while translated to emoji is interesting

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  • kassi

    good point there i dont know much but you know