Last night, YouTube received what looked like a substantial update v5.9, and, of course, I rushed to start digging through the APK in hopes of finding all sorts of under-the-hood changes. Imagine my excitement when I saw the following new string buried, among other things, inside res/strings.xml:

<string name="music_pass_onboarding_tutorial_uri">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ</string>

Music Pass! Onboarding! Tutorial! Video!!one1 Of course, I clicked it. Did you?

Wait, don't. Because you'll get rickrolled, just like I did. Google got me good. Via a string. Buried inside an APK like a poison pill that they knew we'd find.

And then they rubbed it in:


You win this round, Google. And I'm not even mad (again).


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.

  • siddude11

    Haha that is great! Atleast you thumbed your nose, they know you! Gotta be careful. :p

  • Ajb.esquire

    Lol awesome

  • Josh Crumley

    One reason I love google. What other company would do things like this?

    • http://sushubh.net/ chromaniac

      I know one company that would leave a cease and desist lawsuit in there.

    • Gregory

      VK :)

      • Тарас Мукин

        No, they don't. They're just stealing Facebook and Twitter features. Since... somewhen (c)

        • Gregory

          No, there's nothing to steal from those ugly Facebook UIs made only for money making and broken by purpose in some cases. Do you remember April Fools on VK?

          • Тарас Мукин

            Yeah, remember this one... You know, this... Nope, none of them was remarkable. Nothing like this or closing Youtube or Pokemon challenge...
            And here is facebook design from 2006. Looks pretty familiar, huh? Even the color is the same.

          • http://www.ahmedhaji.com Ahmed Haji

            Oh I miss when facebook was that simple and clean ..

          • Morten Ulveseth

            I really dont miss the 2006 design.

    • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP
  • Eric Meadow

    You sir, just got played. Google: 1, Artem: Rick Roll'd

    • pahern

      You mean Google Played? :-)

      • Eric Meadow

        And I too was played. Well done, my friend. Well done.

  • remister

    You mad brah!
    You called them evil SOB's. Haha

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

      I did do such a thing.

      • siddude11

        Android L update now will be delayed! :(

        • Mr E

          next time in Android source:
          if(name.startsWith("Artem") {
          output("No updates available. Sowwy :(");

          • CoreRooted

            You sir, win the Internets of the day award... LMAO

          • Zombie

            No, man, I awarded the Internet to another guy today, can you award the other Internets tomorrow? Thanks.

        • DeadSOL

          If Artem delays the launch of Android L...

          Well, I ain't even gonna be mad. :p

  • Kyle Owens

    Speaking of .apk's my Hangouts app was updated twice in 2 days. I'm on version 2.1.317. No change log submitted.

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

      It's minor.

      • DeadSOL

        .3 ... 17!

        Yes, it's a minor.


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  • SHunter

    This is epic

  • darkdude1

    Haha Google have such an awesome sense of fun. :D

  • simo

    trolling level: Google

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    How can people not be using Google products after this?

  • CeluGeek

    Of course I clicked the link; I love that song!

  • BenDFritts

    Because you'll get rickrolled, just like I did. Google got me good. Via a string. Buried inside an APK like a poison pill that they knew we'd find. http://apu.sh/9a7

  • Derik Taylor

    Should have ended that picture with "but I'm never gonna give it up" or something like that. It would be perfect that way!

  • Austin Ferguson

    lol. love it.

  • Lukács Attila

    Haha, good one!

  • ash

    I didn't get the joke. May be my english is poor

  • abobobilly


  • sirgaspar

    I wish I got rick-rolled. I got ad-rolled instead D:

  • MrWicket

    haha they knew AP would find it! :D