It’s not a surprise for anyone that Google celebrates April Fools’ Day, here’re some April Fools’ 2010 Google pranks:
Google Japan developed a special version of Google Voice Search for animals. Unfortunately, Google Translate isn’t very helpful: “For this animal, the dog still, cats, pigeons are just future, cows and horses, hamsters, frogs, and plans to expand into. Voice Search a variety of potential animal, you try all means, exchange’d appreciate help with animals. Google’s mission is to organize world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful to people around the world. You’re also feeling animal to be able to access, will continue to continue research, and Nakajima are saying.”
Google Translate for Animals is a new Android application that “allows you to record animals sounds and have the sounds analyzed and translated by Google Translate into any of 52 supported languages”.
Google Australia is now able to “Optimise for Colloquial Cultural Articulation (OCCA) – which means our products can now be tailored specifically for typical Strayan user. (…) OCCA greatly reduces latency between a user’s thought and ability to pinpoint information; a boon for local users who’d have Buckleys makin’ sense of American English.”
Google Street View is now available in 3D, but you need to click on an icon to go 3D:
Google’s search results pages use some interesting units of measurements to estimate how long it took Google to obtain results: Plunk, gigawatts, warp, centibeats, skidoo, femtogalactic years, velocity of an unladen swallow.
YouTube has a new text-only mode: TEXTp. “It’s great news that there’re 24 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, we support 1080p and HD uploads are rising quickly, but that’s also meant increasing bandwidth costs cutting into our bottom line. (…) TEXTp is result of months of intense transcoding efforts by our engineers, who toiled for weeks to ensure that a large chunk of videos on the platform could be reduced to their most basic elements. By replacing images in the video with a series of letters and numbers, videos’re far less taxing on our system — and’ve added benefit of promoting literacy!” You can try the new mode by appending &textp=fool to YouTube URLs (like this).