The first of April has a long-standing tradition of being known as April Fool’s Day. Having originated perhaps from the 13th Century, April Fool’s Day is generally a day when you can pull off all kinds of pranks on your friends, making them the April Fool. If it backfires though, the joke is on you.
While it may seem that Apri Fool’s day is only for regular people, in reality, everyone plays a part in April Fool’s Day. A significant amount of pranks actually come from tech companies. Given below are some of the ones that caught our attention
Google adds a Where’s Waldo feature
If you recall, a couple of weeks ago, Google paid homage to one of Nintendo’s iconic characters. Anyone using Google Maps had the ability to navigate via Mario Kart. Similarly, on April Fool’s Day, Google added a ‘Find Waldo” feature. Available on both the desktop version and mobile version of Google Maps, you were given the location of Waldo and asked to go find him. As you can see from the screenshot below, we’ve already packed our bags and we’re booking the next available flight to Chile.
Not to be outdone, Google Japan also made a physical Gboard that converts typing to cursive. This essentially means that akin to swiping to type words in Gboard, you could do the same on your desktop or laptop as well. The video below explains it all.
Snapchat became Facebook
Poking fun at the social media giant, Snap created a filter for its Snapchat app. The filter looked a lot like the Facebook app and had accompanying text in a Russian font as well.
This was, of course, a direct hint at Facebook. In case you didnt’ know, more than 50,000 bots on Facebook, with links to the Russian government, were used to influence the 2016 US presidential election
MKBHD Reviewed Samsung’s Bixby Speaker
We finally got a look at Samsung’s long-awaited Bixby speaker. Featuring an all-black design with minimal controls, the Bixby Speaker looked to be like the speaker to have. That was until MKBHD (real name Marques Brownlee) tried some commands with the speaker.
Hilarity ensued as Bixby not only failed to answer most of the questions correctly but at one point also asked Google for help. If you take a look at the video above, you will see that things almost went up in smoke.
Jabra made you experience music like never before
In keeping with traditions of April Fool’s Day, Jabra, a brand known for producing high-quality Bluetooth earphones, showcased their Speaker Sneakers. Yes, they are exactly what they sound like. A pair of sneakers with inbuilt speakers. Why?, well, the better question would have been why not?
According to the company’s website, the Jabra Sneakers have wireless charging, smart interaction with voice assistance, and have upto 15 hours of battery life. They also have dance assist and music personalization via the Jabra app.
Razer launched Venom V2
Initially launched in 2010, Venom by Razer was an energy drink that promised to give gamers unparalleled levels of performance to turn them into gaming machines capable of winning any game that they were playing. 8 years later, and the mad scientists at Razer HQ launched Project Venom V2.
All you had to do was consume the Venom V2 liquid. From there, you could configure your nano enhancements via the Razer Synapse app. These would include heightened reflexes and skills and the ability to stay awake longer than humanly possible. Although, according to the scientists at Razer, consuming more than one vial within a span of two hours can be dangerous to your health.
Nvidia launched an Academy of Gaming
Following the massive success of GeForce GTX G-Assist, which promised never before seen cutting edge advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the graphics card company also opened its doors to budding gamers by launching the GeForce Academy of Gaming. Here, prospective gamers could major in Hardware Studies or Gameosophy.
You can select the classes that you’re interested in, followed by what subjects you would like to follow. After all that, you would need to enter in your personal details. Once done, you get an acceptance letter, signaling that you are now a part of the GeForce Academy of Gaming
Pokémon GO gave us hyper realistic graphics
Ever since Niantic launched Pokémon GO, the game has had its ups and downs. But one thing that didn’t change are the constant updates that the game received. In an announcement via the product’s blog page and the announcements section of the app itself, players were told that the game would receive cutting edge 8-bit graphics.
Registering approximately twice the amount of definition of 4K, each chunky square was realistic and gave unbelievable definition. The graphics update was applied to nearby Pokémon, Pokémon in your storage and also all Pokédex entries as well.
Well, there you have it. These are all the April Fool’s Day pranks and jokes that we saw for 2018. Obviously, none of these products are real and any views that we have expressed are to keep in line with the humor of the article itself.
Did you see any hilarious April Fool’s Day pranks from tech companies? Leave a comment below.