Read here how all the internet made fun of you on April 1st!
Yes. Google was the leading prank maker of this April 1st. With Google Nose Beta, Gmail Blue, Treasure layered Google Map, Stylised emotions on photos in Google Plus and also the closure of youtube, Google really celebrated this April 1st.
Google Nose Beta
Google Nose Beta was the biggest April Fools’ Day prank. With this new feature, the user can search for smells like wet dog, airport terminal, diaper, dumpster and beach from Google’s “Aromabase,” which featured over 15 million “scentibytes” of available search terms.
There was a video along with this prank of Google. In the video introducing it, project managers describe how it took six years for them to develop the technology to "completely change" Gmail into a mere colour change, sustaining all the other features the same. In Gmail Blue, the “Compose” button is blue, the text is blue, the buttons are blue, italics are blue, in short everything is blue. They say that we don’t have to make it blue, but it is already blue. According to the video, they tried Orange, Yellow and Brown. As the viewers have the “Facebook Blue” in mind, there were a hundreds who believed this real!
Google Treasure Map:
As its third prank of the day, Google transformed Google Maps into a large treasure map – Captain Kidd's map, to be precise, which was discovered by divers from the Google Maps Street View team off the coast of Madagascar. Users were able to search around for symbols and signs leading to the X-marked treasures.
Emoticons on Google Plus Photos:
According to this prank, the users will be able to add smilies or emoticons along with their photos in Google Plus. To give it a try, simply open one of your pictures in the lightbox, and click the “Add emotion” button at the top left of the screen. The team Google will plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon. You can go back to the original version of the photo by clicking the same button again.
This was Google's final prank for the day. There was special message from YouTube, which reveals that YouTube has never been a video sharing service for the masses. Instead, it was simply an eight-year contest to find the world’s best clip. And now that it has been found, YouTube is closing for good. They provided time till midnight to upload videos and then it will be closing for the decade. After 10 years, they will declare the winner. And then it will star again. Sounds nice no?
Nokia was the next company to come forth with bluffs. It was about a touchscreen Lumia microwaves. The Constellation sets itself apart with a super fast, water-cooled 8-core high-voltage transformer, which brings a combined performance of 5,000 watts to end-users, letting them heat up turnkey meal solutions within seconds.
The new Nokia 5AM-TH1N6 has even more innovative features. The device comes with the latest eye-tracking technology, which stops the food from rotating when you look at it, and it automatically adjusts the temperature depending on how hungry you look!
All the more, the device has a highly sensitive touch display which can be operated with oven mitts, enabling you to conveniently select one of 25 different performance levels in order to heat up the 40-litre cooking chamber. Reflecting Nokia’s strong design heritage, the device comes in a variety of colours including blue cheese cyan, lemon yellow and liquorice black.
The product also features a set of apps, sensors and a high-resolution PureFood camera, which automatically shares pictures of ready meals with friends and family via social networks. This will give a chance to people to rate the food and comment immediately.
Samsung never seems to leave the “smart” aspect. For this April Fool's day, Samsung introduced Smart Eco Trees. The features of Smart Eco Trees are:
Air Fresh: Yes, the very same CO2 to O2 conversion.
FOTA (Fragrance Over The Air): The Smart Eco trees can spread good Fragrance!
Smart Cooling: Smart Tree can give shadow and keep its surroundings cool!
Smart View: Which means, climbing the Smart Tree will give you a better vision!
Smart Eco Design: Eco Trees also offer SMART Colour, which turn the leaves into red, orange, yellow, brown, etc. Eco Trees are available in various shapes and sizes with different options.
Group Play: selecting a group of Smart Eco Tree for your garden will results in positive synergies such as preventing soil erosion.
SMART Share: Eco Trees provide Seeds for SMART Sharing. Share your Eco Trees with friends and family. SMART Share is free of cost.
Evolution Kit: Evolution Kits are consisted of S Beams, water, fertilizers, etc. By applying these elements, you can help grow your Eco Tree.
Accessories: Various accessories, including but not limited to swings, tires, ladders, tents, tree houses are available at dealers near you. Try the latest most innovative accessories on your Eco Tree.
Special Editions: Select models are also available that provide food, entertainment and offer habitats for wild animals. Eco Tree ‘mini’ are also available for indoor application.
The next was about Sony. The news spread wide that Sony launched a set of technology for pets including Cat Cans, speakers for your hamster, and TVs for dogs.
Twitter let out the most shocking prank. Twitter's claim was that it will be charging the users for each vowel they type in.
Though it was a mere prank, this idea of Virgin has sent some sparks in some technologically inspired minds. It was all about having an Aeroplane with glass floor, which will make you able to see what is going under your feet. The panoramic geographic beauties can be enjoyed thus.
These were the major pranks that spread on the web on April 1st, 2013. Hope you enjoyed it!