Google celebrates April Fools’ Day 2014

Become a Pokémon Master with Google Maps
Become a Pokémon Master with Google Maps

For Google fans, or just fans of April Fools’ Day jokes, the company has been releasing features, functions, and videos to bring a smile to users’ faces.

Google has been doing this since 2000, and 2014 is no different as they try to one-up 2013.

Here’s a list of April Fools’ jokes the company has posted so far as it’s already April 1 in some locations around the world.

Happy April Fools’ Day (in advance)!

Google Japanese Input Magic Hand Version

“Today, we are proud to announce the new version of Google Japanese Input — the Magic Hand version.
We have developed a device that helps make input on touchscreens even more accurate and convenient.”

Become a Pokémon Master with Google Maps

“We value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures. It turns out that these skills have a lot in common with another profession—that of the Pokémon Master. With that in mind, we’ve worked with Pokémon and Nintendo to develop a new training tool to help people hone their Pokémon-capturing abilities using Google Maps.”

“If you think you’re up to the challenge, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, “press start,” and begin your quest.”

Gmail Shelfie

“You all love setting selfies as your custom theme in Gmail, but you’ve told us there’s one major problem: there isn’t a way to share your selfie with others. As the pioneering platform for selfies, Gmail is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in the selfie space. And we think it’s a tragedy that your handsome hair, luscious lashes and beautiful brows have been trapped in your own inbox. Until now, that is. Today, we’re proud to free your selfies by launching Gmail Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE.

Gmail Shelfie is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie. With just a few clicks, your mom, your aunt, or that girl you have a crush on can set your Shelfie as their Gmail theme so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background.”

Nest + Virgin

“We’re teaming up with Virgin America to reinvent the way people fly. Watch as Tony Fadell and Sir Richard Branson introduce Total Temperature Control, the newest product from Nest.”


“WazeDates’ uses the same crowdsourcing technology designed to help drivers around the world outsmart traffic, while creating a new space for people to meet and fall in love.”

Chrome for Android and iOS: Emojify the Web

“The Chrome team is excited to announce Google Translate support for Emoji built directly into Chrome for Android and iOS. You can now read all your favorite web content using efficient and emotive illustrations on your phone and tablet.

To view webpages in Emoji on your Android, iPhone, and iPad today, download the latest version of Chrome for Mobile from the Play Store or App Store. Then simply tap on the menu icon and select the “Translate to Emoji” option. This feature is currently only available in English.”

Auto Awesome Photobombs with David Hasselhoff

“Google+ Auto Awesome is all about fun surprises that bring your photos to life. And whether it’s Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars or Michelle Obama at the White House, a celebrity photobomb is the ultimate surprise, turning an ordinary photo into something extraordinary.

Now with Auto Awesome Photobombs, you too can get a celebrity photobomb—no red carpet required. We’re starting with surprise appearances by +David Hasselhoff, everyone’s favorite crime-fighting rockstar lifeguard.”

Introducing AutoAwesome for Resumes

“We think your resume should be as awesome as you are. Introducing AutoAwesome for Resumes!”

Google AdSense: Top Planets and Moons

“Looking for information that can help you tailor the experience on your website to visitor needs? You can now view impressions and revenue from across the solar system with the “Top planets and moons” report on the homepage of your AdSense account.

With our recent discovery of the interplanetary IP address repository, you’ll have access to even more reports that can help you improve user engagement on your site. For example, if you notice a lot of traffic coming from Mars, try adding a few pages in Martian to engage with those audiences.”

Virtual Keyboard for Cats

“On the Chrome OS team, we take pride in creating an operating system for everyone. Based on a long-standing feature request (, we’ve designed a cat-friendly on-screen keyboard, based on extensive Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) research.

You or your cat can install the kitty keyboard and try these features:
– Four pawing modalities using your trackpad or touchscreen
– Mouse mode
– Cat translation technology (beta)

But this is just the beginning: input research is underway for other pet users, including dogs, fish, hamsters, and dinosaurs.”

YouTube Announces Upcoming Viral Video Trends #newtrends

“Here at YouTube HQ, we write, shoot, and upload all of the world’s most popular viral videos. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll be watching in 2014.”

Chromecast: A New Era of Squirrel Entertainment

“With Chromecast, a new era of squirrel entertainment is upon us. No longer will squirrels be restricted to watching human music and videos on TV.”

Data-less Decision Making on Analytics Academy

“Join us for our next self-paced online course on Analytics Academy. Instructor Justin Cutroni will introduce you to the best practices for making business decisions without data.

Course highlights include:
– An overview of making uninformed decisions
– Tips and tricks on what to do when you have no measurement plan
– Examples of key guesswork techniques”

Coffee to the Home

“Today, we launched our Coffee to the Home (CTTH) program for Kansas City residents. We’re delivering made-to-order coffee drinks straight to our users at fiber speeds—through the same fiber jack that delivers 100 times faster Internet.”

Take your ads to new heights with AdBirds

“We’re excited to share a new ad format launching today: AdBirds. With AdBirds, you can take your ads to new heights by letting them literally soar through the skies. That’s right: ads on birds.

You’ll simply choose your text for beak, wings, and tail feathers. When you click our “make it fly” button, our amazing operations team dashes to the aviary, selects an available bird, and sends it into the skies.

“That sounds great,” you might say, “but what if I have a particular kind of bird in mind?” Well, we’ve got you covered with a gaggle of amazing options:
– Sparrow: small and efficient
– Duck: flexible air-to-water reach
– Owl: great for those with nocturnal business hours
– Pigeon: for broad reach in dense cities (cleanliness not guaranteed)
– Eagle: for your most majestic ads (higher bids may apply)
– Penguin: limited reach, since they can’t fly”

Making Blockly Universally Accessible

“We work hard to make our products accessible to people everywhere, in every culture. Today we’re expanding our outreach efforts to support a traditionally underserved community — those who call themselves “tlhIngan.”

Google’s Blockly programming environment is used in K-12 classrooms around the world to teach programming. But the world is not enough. Students on Qo’noS have had difficulty learning to code because most of the teaching tools aren’t available in their native language. Additionally, many existing tools are too fragile for their pedagogical approach. As a result, Klingons have found it challenging to enter computer science. This is reflected in the fact that less than 2% of Google engineers are Klingon.

Today we launch a full translation of Blockly in Klingon. It incorporates Klingon cultural norms to facilitate learning in this unique population:

Blockly has no syntax errors. This reduces frustration, and reduces the number of computers thrown through bulkheads.
Variables are untyped. Type errors can too easily be perceived as a challenge to the honor of a student’s family (and we’ve seen where that ends).
Debugging and bug reports have been omitted, our research indicates that in the event of a bug, they prefer the entire program to just blow up.

Get a little keyboard dirt under your fingernails. Learn that although ghargh is delicious, code structure should not resemble it. And above all, be proud that tlhIngan maH. Qapla’!”

Google Apps for Business Dogs

“Who says the underdog can’t be employee of the month? See how Google Apps for Business Dogs helps pups everywhere be more productive at the office.”

Google Play Signature Edition

“With Signature Edition, you can bring back the physical connection to your users. App delivery is completed via USB drives shipped in carefully crafted boxes, each proudly bearing your signature. This not only gives your users the very latest version of your app, but also adds a personal touch that is so often missing in our modern digital age.”

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