Tomorrow is April 1st, and Google is also known for its April Fools. From playing Pokémon in Google Maps, to the Google Gnome, a garden gnome that provides you with nature facts about your garden. Google makes several bizarre product announcements every year, although it has skipped over the past two years due to the corona pandemic.
For example, the April Fool’s joke of 2014 was the impetus for a popular game that would still be played by tens of millions of people years later: Pokémon GO. Google had come up with an April Fool's joke that you could play Pokémon in Google Maps. Nintendo then asked Google if it couldn't really make a game based on location spawns, and the rest is history...
In 2018, Wally suddenly appeared in Google Maps. By tapping this figure, you could play "Where's Wally?" You then traveled in Google Maps to various locations where Wally was walking around, where you could look for him in old-fashioned "Where's Wally?" pictures.
Other gags in Google Maps included replacing the car in Google Maps with a Mario Kart cart, and adding the classic Snake game to the app so you could play Snake in Google Maps.
And finally, Google Files not only cleaned up the files on your smartphone, but also cleaned the inside and outside of your phone. This "new" Screen Cleaner feature was also said to wipe food scraps and other junk off your screen.
Google Netherlands is also participating, with videos specifically aimed at the Netherlands. For example, the self-driving Google Bike could cross the street without a driver, and Google Wind would use hundreds of windmills in our country in 2017 to blow clouds away.
A next step in implementing the Google Assistant in as many devices as possible led to the introduction of the new 'Google Tulip'. From now on you could shout "Hey Google, talk to my tulip" to communicate with your tulips. All that was needed was to place the tulip in the Google Tulip.
After a two-year break, Google could come up with an April Fool’s joke again this year. Don't get fooled.