April 1, 2012

Google's Jokes of 2012

It's nearly the end of 1 April for another year. So have you found Google's jokes for this year? Let me list a few that I have found so far.

8-bit Google Maps
Google Maps featured a 8-bit version of the maps as well as Street View in full 8-bit color. It hurt my eyes. In addition, Google supposedly annouced 'Google Maps for NES' which basically Google Maps on a NES. They even went that far to make a promotional video embedded below.

Simplified IME for Japanese
Google Japan came up with a simplied IME for Japanese that only uses a single key: space.

Google China changed the search results page for [Qingming], but you'll only see the beautiful animated wallpaper if you use Chrome.

Underwater Search
Google China also released a 'underwater' search function to its main page. It's so much fun typing your query in the floating box!

Street Roo
Google Australia found a way to capture more Street View images for Australia: Google Street Roo. "Over the next four weeks, more than a thousand Big Red kangaroos will be equipped with a 360-degree head camera that will automatically capture images when the marsupial is on the move during daylight hours. The cameras on our Street Roo collection team will be powered by solar panels stitched into the back pocket of custom-made roo jackets. Images will be wired to Google in real-time. A GPS tracker embedded into the jacket will match the location of the kangaroo to ensure the image is accurately uploaded onto the new Street View layer."

Gmail Tap
Inspired by the Japanese IME and the Morse Code, Gmail's team introduces a new way to type on a mobile device. "Gmail Tap takes the keyboard from 26 keys to just two. Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a simple pattern of dots and dashes, and once you know them you can type without even looking at your screen. This makes it ideal for situations where you need to discreetly send emails, such as when you're on a date or in a meeting with your boss."

Google Chrome Multitask
Now you can multitask in your Google Chrome browser with more than one mice. Chrome Multitask Mode lets you browse the web with multiple cursors at the same time, so you can get more done, faster. Welcome to the ambinavigation revolution.

So that's what I found so far. Have I missed anything? Let me know if you do by commenting below. Have fun with Google! I can't wait for next year's jokes.