On April Fool’s Day, Google has come up with new ways and ideas to celebrate the day through using its platforms. Google has always used some of its platforms to play pranks on its users on April Fools’ Day. Even though other companies like Microsoft are not participating in April Fools’ Day pranks this time, Google – as always – has something up its sleeve for celebrations.
Similar to previous years, Google has used its platforms on April Fools’ Day to joke with its users. Here are some of the jokes Google has put up on its platforms this year:
To begin with, Google has added the iconic Snake game to its Maps application this year. The users can go to the Google Maps mobile app and use it to play the Snake. There are few cities to choose from — Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo. To play the game, the user needs to open the app in Android or iOS and tap the menu icon on the top left corner and hit ‘Play Snake’. Then they will be asked to choose a city and then the game will begin. The game will basically have a train posing as a snake and users will have to pick passengers to make it grow bigger. But the same rules as Snakes apply here as well so the players will have to avoid being collided with the wall and/or biting themselves. The game will be live on the app for a week.
Google Japan has made some additions to the Gboard app in its region. With the changes, Google has brought a Gboard spoon bending version of the app which is about the flexibility. The users can input the character by bending a spoon that has been made by Google. So, in order to do this, users will have to connect the spoon to their smartphone or PC, and then bend the spoon. On doing this, the letter as the spoon is bended will appear on the screen.
Your favorite 90s game is taking over Maps for #AprilFools! Here’s how to play:
🐍 Update to the latest version of Maps
🚃 Tap the menu icon
🐍 Tap the Snake icon and go!
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) April 1, 2019
Google Home is also in the Google’s April Fools plan where the Google Home can talk to Tulips. ‘Hey Google, talk to my tulip’ is the command the user need to give to their Google Home and the device will start talking to Tulips. The device will also translate between the human language and the Tulipish so that it is able to tell when the Tulips need water, light or more space. Google Tulip was developed in the Netherlands which produces 12.5 billion flowers in a year. Google partnered with Wageningen University & Research built on Neural Machine Translation to map out the tulip signals to human language. After two years of development and testing, the feature is finally put on Google Home’s Interpreter Mode.
Lastly, Google Assistant is also a part of Google’s April Fools’ Day celebration. If the user asks something to the Google Assistant about April Fools’ on April 1, the Assistant will respond something cheesy and funny. One of the lines are “We can get through April Fool’s together. Here’s one thing to remember. If something seems too good to be true today, it probably is.” The users can listen other jokes if they say “April Fools” to Google Assistant.
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