Google started a little early this year with a couple today, but we can only assume there will be a lot more April Fools jokes starting tomorrow. Make sure to bookmark this page as we will update it regularly as they appear. If it’s anything like last year, expect this page to be filled up with a lot of crazy antics by this time tomorrow from our favorite Mountain View company. Hit the break to get started.
YouTube Shutting Down
Google kicked things off today with a video announcing that YouTube will no longer accept anymore entries starting midnight tonight through 2023. Why? Well after 8 years of uploads, it’s now time to go through all the videos and pick the winner of the best video. Of course it’s going to take a long time to go through each and every video to find the best one. They figured 10 years will be enough time to to declare the winner, but the problem is that you won’t be able to view any of the current videos when midnight strikes. The site will reopen when the winner is announced in 2013. Check out the video announcement below, which includes some cool cameos. I wonder which video would win?
Google Treasure Maps
This one isn’t just a joke, but it’s also a fun activity as well. Turns out the Google Maps Street View team found a treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William “Captain” Kidd. Just like any other treasure map, it has a bunch of encrypted symbols that need to be deciphered. The map is accessible to all by clicking here or on the “Treasure” button in the top right corner of the desktop version of Google Maps. So far no mobile version that we know of. They encourage everyone to work together by utilizing this Google Maps G+ page, which will hopefully result in figuring out Captain Kidd’s buried secrets.
Google+ Photos has a new enhancement in that you can now add stylized emotions to your photos. Just open any of your Google+ pictures in the lightbox and click on the smiley face at the top left. Google will automatically analyze the photo and put emotion icons on top of each person in the photo. Just hit the smiley face again to revert back to your original photo.
Introducing Google Nose
Google Nose Beta is now live and it allows you to search for smells. The mobile aroma indexing program now has a 15 million scentabyte database of smells from around the world. By intersecting photons with infrasound waves, Google Nose Beta temporarily aligns molecules to emulate a particular scent. So if you don’t have time to stop and smell the roses, let Google Nose Beta bring them to you.
Gmail Blue was part of the initial conception for Gmail when it was launched, but the technology just wasn’t there yet. The wait is over and Gmail Blue is here. It’s the same Gmail as before, just blue. I have no idea how I got along with out it.
Improved Google Play Developer Console
You will need a Google Play Developer account in order to see this one. When adding a new app to Google Play, don’t just click on “Add New Application”. Why not try Google’s new option, “Add New Awesome Application”? By going for the latter, Google will help you build a new app based on “advanced machine learning algorithms” as well as numerous Google Employees.
Google Analytics now showing Space Station Traffic
The real time section of Google Analytics is now showing traffic from the International Space Station.
Google Easter Egg
Since Easter falls on the day before April Fools, we thought we would share this one for you. Just click this link in your desktop browser and you will get a 3D rotating Easter Egg. You can do this in Chrome Beta for Android if you enable experimental WebGL support via chrome:flags.
Google’s Australia Blog announced SCHMICK, which stands for Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit. It’s a new addition to Street View that lets you decorate your house with a number of pre-defined improvements.
Google Fiber to the Pole
If people in Kansas City weren’t lucky enough to get Google Fiber in their homes, now they can access Google Fiber even when they are out and about. Google Fiber to the pole provides ubiquitous gigabit connectivity to fiberhoods across Kansas City. Users only need to download the app on their Android or iOS devices and tap the QR code on various poles three times. You will received a confirmation shortly and your all set. Just plug in via ethernet and you will be enjoying gigabit speeds in now time.
Seems like a great service, but it can be a little crowded near the poles. If you live in a major city, you’re going to have to show up really early to get your seat on the sidewalk.
New Features for Google Apps
New a little something to help with your job performance? Google has you covered with the new Levity Algorithm for Google Apps. If you’re having trouble getting co-workers to show up to your staff meetings, give it a try. It will automatically create more exciting events that no one will want to miss. The Levity Algorithm can also spice up your email. Instead of “HR Memo” in your subject line, Levity will change it to something more exciting such as “The New Hotness”. And wait until you see the new visual presentations.
Google Wallet Mobile ATM
This might be the best invention ever!! Google just introduced Google Wallet Mobile ATM. That’s right, your smartphone is now an ATM machine, with this new accessory. No more trying to find the nearest ATM. Just type or say how much money you need and cash will be printed on the spot. You can even get the very rare $2 bill. Sign me up!!