App developers are getting their own little April Fools prank from Google today in the form Signature Apps. What is a Signature App? Well, rather than a cold, impersonal download, developers can ship apps to customers on a thumbdrive inside an ornate package ready for unboxing. Efficiency be damned.

Upon logging into the dev console, there is a whole post about how Google Play Signature Edition works. There are settings for shipping apps, a long-winded explanation of the value add, and the YouTube video embedded above. Developers are urged to sign their apps – on a piece of paper or electronically – for that authentic feel.


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Sadly, the app shipping settings are not saved because it's just a joke. As far as jokes go, this one is pretty okay.

[Thanks, Elviss]