It’s that time of year again, April Fools Day. A day to relax but also to be somewhat skeptical about what you see on the internet.
It’s also the day where companies, get to have a bit of fun (especially Google). So let’s take a look at some of the April Fools Jokes that are being pulled this year.
April Fools Jokes by Google
Google is notorious for doing a number of jokes each year, across all their various teams.
Where’s Waldo in Google Maps
This year, Waldo is now appearing in Google Maps and it’s up to you to find him at various points in the world. If you find Waldo and his friends in each of the 5 locations, you’ll get special badges for your Google account to appear in the Google Maps app.
You can find Waldo using Google Maps on the desktop site or via the Google Maps app on Android and iOS. You can also find out how Waldo is using Google Maps’ Location Sharing feature on the company’s blog post.
Google Cloud Hummus API
After enabling our customers to address senses through Speech & Vision API, we are now releasing a subset of Taste APIs started with a dish we all love – Hummus!
Gboard for physical keyboards
The Google Japanese Input team always likes to have fun with April Fools, this year they’ve “introduced” a way to swipe on physical keyboard in a similar fashion to on your phone.
The Gboard physical keyboard allows users to draw out the shape of a letter or character by pressing the physical keys.
Bad Joke Detector in Files Go
Files Go is Google’s lightweight file manager app for Android and the team has introduced a new way to remove “very bad jokes from friends and family,” with the Bad Joke Detector.
Today we’re proud to introduce the Bad Joke Detector. Using a custom-built deep neural network, Files Go can scan your smartphone for jokes with your permission, identify the bad ones and delete all of them with a single tap, freeing up space for more important things—like better jokes!
Google Australia rebrands as Googz
Google Australia is rebranding themselves as Google that is being “prompted to examine how our brand might be shaped by rising popular culture and linguistic trends in Australia. We all know abbreviations are the hallmark of Australian English. And upon further analysis of this evolving dialect, we made a fascinating discovery: Just like Maccas, Aussies are increasingly calling us “Googz.”
The rebrand has a new logo that is in the familiar Product Sans font that Google introduced in 2015.
Google also announced some new merch with the Googz logo on it.
Solar, wind, compost powered Chromebooks
The Chrome OS team is working on new ways to power Chromebooks including wind, solar and even compost power, so then users can “watch the battery level grow like a weed.”
23andMe & Lexus
DNA genetic testing and analysis company, 23andMe announced a partnership with Lexus. Users will be able to get 23andMe to use their DNA to help figure out which Lexus is right for them. You’ll then be able to start up your new Lexus by licking the steering vehicle.
The infamous and well-loved phone, the Sidekick is now back in shoe form with the T-Mobile Sidekicks. The shoes are the first “Smartshoephone” and they come with a number of built-in features which can see outlined below.
T-Mobile is actually selling the Sidekicks on their website but without the technology features for $65 USD.
Pokémon GO 8-bit graphics
Niantic has announced a new update to Pokémon GO, which allows users to play in “cutting-edge 8-bit graphics.”
OnePlus is dipping their toes into cryptocurrency with the new PeiCoin, named after OnePlus founder, Carl Pei. You’ll be able to mine for PeiCoin using your OnePlus phone.
Nvidia GeForce Academy of Gaming
Nvidia has introduced the GeForce Academy of Gaming which allows people to study majors such as Hardware Studios and Gameosophy.
Logitech BS Detector
Logitech has announced a new video conference system that comes with Busines Speak or “BS” for short.
Duolingo has introduced a lineup of beers that they’re calling Brewolingo. They have a special blend of Owlcohol and Owlgorithms which can help you get fluent in any language.
Netflix acquires Seth Rogen
Netflix announced that they’ve entered a lifetime deal to transfer full ownership of comedian, Seth Rogen’s personal autonomy.
“I have known Seth for many years” said senior Netflix Development Executive Jareth Chumley. “After a wrap party in late 2017, Seth approached me and said something like ‘Jesus Fucking Christ Jarbear, I would sell my soul for a fuckin enchilada right now.’ And so basically that was how the idea was born. In the end we settled on a price a little higher than a standard Chili’s To-Go entree, but I’ll be damned, not by that much.”
“As a general rule, I don’t really ‘read’ anything before I sign it,” replied Rogen when asked about the deal, spilling some beer on his own head as he does the finger-symbol equivalent of air quotes. “That’s what Danny is for, he handles that for me, mostly,” gesturing toward an elderly man in a poncho sleeping on the couch behind him. “Hey Danny!” he shouts, unable to wake his senior contract advisor. “I really hope he didn’t fuck this up. He’s the reason that Zach and Miri Make a Porno exists.”
Seth Rogen’s upcoming Hilarity for Charity project for Netflix (which will release on April 6th) is the first of many. Some projects in the works is a live-action remake of Shrek, which will have Rogen play Shrek and Princess Fiona as well as some off-camera roles. “The world really is our oyster here,” said Netflix Chief Operations Officer Karen Shartwell. “There really isn’t anything on earth that we can’t make him do.”
Snapchat Facebook Filter
Snapchat is throwing some serious shade at Facebook by including a filter that makes it look like a Facebook profile picture update that’s all in Russian.
Roku Happy Streaming Socks
Roku has introduced Happy Streaming Socks that allow you to control your Roku box using your feet.
The Roku Happy Streaming Socks has:
1) Highly-sensitive built–in motion sensors: all commands available on your Roku remote can be performed hands-free.
- Motion sensors allow you to swipe your foot to browse your home screen
- Tap your toe to select
- Click your heels to play
- Wiggle your toes to access free entertainment, like that on The Roku Channel
2) Toe-toasting technology
- Press the Roku tag to warm your feet from balmy to blazing temperatures
3) Anti-loss technology: we’ve integrated our popular remote finder to ensure you never lose your socks!
- Simply push the Sock Finder Button and follow the beep
Roku is selling the Happy Streaming Socks for the low cost of .01 bitcoin.
The Lego VacuSort allows you to sort your Lego bricks by colour, brick and is easy to empty, separates dust and has 5 speeds. Lego says their vacuum is “coming soon in 2018.”
GoPro announced their “handiest mount ever” with Armie. It allows users to capture #FollowMe footage without needing anyone else actually following you. Armie has FirmGrip technology and the company’s ‘Elbow Up’ 2-point adjustable camera placement joints.
Armie is interchangeable and you can add faux-leather bracelets for added character depth and is compatible with all HERO cameras and is waterproof up to 10m (30ft).