Google's Pranks for April Fools' 2014
Article by George Norman
On 01 Apr 2014
Last year, Google introduced Google Nose, Gmail Blue, and Treasure Mode for Google Maps. This year, Google has some more interesting offers for its customers.

Keep reading to find out how Google celebrated April Fools’ this year. Click here to see April Fools' jokes from other companies.

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Gmail Turns 10, Introduces Shelfies

Gmail just turned 10 and to celebrate this joyous occasion, the Gmail team decided to give users something they’ve been asking for: selfie custom themes that can be shared - shelfies or Shareable Selfies.

Back in 2012, Gmail introduced the option to set custom themes. Lots of users took pictures of themselves – a.k.a. selfies – and used them as their Gmail custom theme. The problem was that they could not share these selfies with others. Now that Gmail has turned 10, the Gmail team decided to make Gmail the “pioneering platform for selfies” and introduced “Gmail Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE.”

"Gmail Shelfie is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie,” said Greg Bullock, Software Engineer. “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."



Google+ Automatically Makes Photos Awesome, David Hasselhoff Style

Having a celebrity photobomb you is pretty cool! With that in mind, Google+ introduced Auto Awesome Photobombs. And to get things started, Google+ got “everyone’s favorite crime-fighting rockstar lifeguard” David Hasselhoff to photobomb your photos. Upload a photo and get photobombed by The Hoff.



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Google Translate Gets Support for Emoji

Last year, Google announced that Google+ can automatically add emoticons to images. This year, Google took things one step further and introduced Google Translate support for Emoji, built directly into Chrome for Android and iOS. This means that you can use Chrome for Mobile to translate text to Emoji.

“As more of our web browsing moves to phones and tablets, it’s become clear that the written language on small screens can’t keep up with our ravenous hunger for information,” commented Josh Estelle, Software Engineer. “By bringing emojis to the web, we hope to improve the efficiency of all communications and make it easier for you to get more out of the web on your phone and tablet.”



Use Google Maps to Hone Your Pokémon-capturing Abilities

Last year the Google Maps team was inviting us to explore the world and uncover treasure. This year, the Google Maps team is inviting us to explore the world and capture Pokémon. Get the latest version of Google Maps for iPhone and Android and embark on a journey to capture Pokémon.

“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,” commented Tatsuo Nomura, Advanced Pokémon Trainer.



A New Era of Squirrel Entertainment with Chromecast

Thanks to Chromecast, squirrels will no longer have to watch human videos.



Google Play Signature Edition

Because digital delivery of apps is inconvenient, Google Play decided to deliver apps via USB drives shipped in carefully crafted boxes. Introducing Signature Edition, “a way that uses free-range bits and bytes whilst also reflecting centuries of human history and artisan craftsmanship.”



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