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It’s April Fools’ Day, so Naturally Google is Going Off – Swiftkey, Twitter, and Others Too

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Ahhh yes, today is April Fools’ Day. For the most part, it’s the most obnoxious day of the year for anyone in the media. What’s fake? What’s real? Do we even bother reporting anything at all? No one wants to get duped publicly, so we all submit ourselves to doing what I’m doing here, posting up all the pranks from Google and the rest of the tech community. As always, Google goes overboard, but usually in a good way. This year though, we’re seeing some new players like Twitter, Swiftkey, and even Samsung.

Below, you’ll find a list of many. 


Google Treasure Maps

Be sure to cruise around the actual map to see what kinds of hidden treasures you can find.


Google Nose

What does “success” smell like? Google Nose.


Google Apps Levity Algorithm

Making work fun again. Peanut butter and jelly meeting!

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Google Wallet ATM

Because who doesn’t want an attachment that can magically produce cash at any moment?


Gmail Blue

Maybe I just didn’t get this one. Microsoft dig?


YouTube Shutdown

Yes, YouTube faked a shutdown.

samsung eco trees

Samsung Eco Tree

Android’s leading smartphone manufacturer announced a new eco-friendly product that still takes advantage of Group Play, Air Fresh, and other Samsung features.

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Twitter announced a two-tier service. The free model removes vowels from your Tweets. If you want full Tweets, you have to pay $5 a month. Use it here.


Swiftkey Tilt

Your body is the new typing tool. Wiggling while on a unicycle works the best.

What others are you finding out there?

Cheers to everyone who sent these in!

  • Jeremy Barnes

    Glenn from Walking Dead on Google Levity?

  • Daistaar

    Windows Azure crack lol

  • kane

    Was the idea to make me sleepy this year? I guess Treasure maps would be cool…

  • Joey

    Also check out thinkgeek.com. Some of the products they have listed are hilarious, and some should actually be for sale as opposed to April fools pranks, they are that cool.

    • jb

      The ipad arcade started as a April fools prank and now it’s one of their best sellers.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I just can’t trust any news I read today…..

  • Will Rehse

    Just got an email from RedBox that they are now serving DVD sized lunch meats and cheeses as well, so that is nice. I cannot wait to get everything I need in one convenient dvd sized portion!

  • EvanTheGamer

    I’m never going to use twitter again.

    Said No One Ever

    • alex drum

      said I… actually your right… i just never have used it because i dont really care what stars are getting their periods and what friends are drunk and having some pizza at 3 am… just not an interest of mine

  • SwiftKey is actually real, you just type tilt and hold down on the word in the predictive text field then it will give you the option to use the feature

  • James

    Is Moto-Google announcing the X-Phone today? 😉

  • joejoe5709

    Just once I’d like them to announce a hyper phone such as a new Nexus or the X Phone on April Fools and see how many people believe them when it’s an actual release.

    • Joey

      While I agree with you, that it would be fun from our end. For a company that actually wants to sell a product, it probably wouldn’t be as good of an idea. Shouldn’t stop them from giving it a try amiright?

  • David Arensdorff

    Anyone see the popup in google chrome? Saying Chrome has auto updated to include a “bettar spell chek!”

    hahaha…silly google!

    • AranelAlasse

      Yeah, I was wondering, myself if it was real… if it is: creepy.

    • Tirionfive

      It’s not an April fool’s joke. I received that update on Thursday or so.

  • Silver Veloz

    These are hilarious. Swiftkey Tilt….LOL

  • lmao that SwiftKey Tilt was the best one out of them! Very creative and funny!

  • DanWazz

    So many zombie hands in the Swiftkey video.

  • Akeem McAllister

    Swiftkey Tilt was very funny. Now although they are joking about it now I am sure someone will try to copyright that. it looks possible. A little complicated but doable. They were all pretty good. I think I would want to work for Google one day. They have time to be great and keep the office as well as the world laughing!

    • Justin Winker

      It’s actually real. DL created a post on it a short while ago.

  • dreadnatty08

    What is that phone in the Treasure Maps vid at 1:13?!?

    • EC8CH

      don’t know, but….

      holy bottom bezel batman!

    • Looks kind of a like a razr M, but like they made a longer one and blacked out the bottom so people wouldn’t know.

    • Kane Stapler

      It looks like some sort of chip maker test device. Like what qualcomm/nvidia does to make a bland device for developers to test their apps on.

  • Michael G

    Oh man the Gmail Blue was the best one. Yes, I believe it was a dig at Microsoft’s switch from Hotmail to the Outlook format. “We tried different colors. Orange. Brown. Brown was a disaster.” lol

    • Austin Warren

      It’s actually making fun of the new “Microsoft Blue”

      • Michael G

        Ahh good call. I just now remember that. I was fixating on the e-mail aspect.

      • r0lct

        My only problem with that is outside of tech site visitors, I can’t imagine anyone else knows about MS’ Blue yet. However it’s also too much a coincidence to not notice.

      • Kane Stapler

        Actually no it wasn’t. It is making fun of the new outlook.

        • Austin Warren

          . No they weren’t. Its obvious that its making fun of Microsoft Blue.

          • Kane Stapler
          • Austin Warren

            You must be stupid or trying to pull a stupid April fools joke. Outlook isnt called blue. It may be blue, but obviously Microsoft Blue is what is directed at here. Now please, go f yourself troll.

          • Joey

            Easy there turbo. Also it is “Windows Blue” not “Microsoft Blue” give it a google. Additionally “Blue” is still just a codename. No need for the panties to get bunched this early on a Monday.

          • Austin Warren

            Here comes Kane’s butt buddy.

          • Joey

            If you read a bit closer I actually disagreed with Kane, it has nothing to do with outlook other than they are both email clients. Do let me know however when, if ever, the intellectual portion of your brain wakes up and wants to have a reasonable discussion.

          • PhoenixPath

            Obviously? (You do know the meaning of that word, right? Because as it stands, judging by the above posts, it is “obviously” anything *but* obvious.)

            So it’s ‘obvious”…because …gmail has anything to do with Operating systems? or updates? (Ya know, like MS Blue?)…

            I know! Maybe it’s a little bit of a dig at both (or neither!) and you actually don’t know everything!

            Maybe… 😉

            (Funny how no-one else here is calling anyone names and yet you’re throwing around “stupid” and “troll” like they’re Easter candy.)

    • Joey

      The follow on to Windows 8 is named “Windows Blue”. More likely what they are referring to.

      • alex drum

        its already been said and hated on… but thanks anyway.

  • Okay so can we actually get Goofle Wallet ATM please?

  • Brad Blumer

    Apple can’t even make a maps app that work, But Google Can turn theirs into a treasure map just for fun. Hmmmmm

  • Austin Warren

    Gmail blue was the best. “Words are blue…even the background…is blue”

    • BAoxymoron

      I really can’t believe kellex didn’t get that one… definitely my favorite…

    • Fattie McDoogles

      “Brown was a disater!”

    • Mei

      I agree. It is best of Google’s April Fools joke this year.

  • KleenDroid