Google April Fools (2) – Really Advanced Search, Inter-planet Analytics, Voice for Pets

The second round of Google’s April Fools!  This time we have a “really” advanced search, Google Analytics that shows traffic from the universe and Google Voice for your pets.


Really Advanced Search

This version of Advanced Search allows users to search for:

  • “words almost, but not quite entirely unlike” your phrase
  • “rhyming slang for” your phrase
  • exact word or phrase, whose sum of unicode code points is a mersenne prime
  • “subtext or innuendo for” your phrase
and some more… you can also narrow the search results by “font”, “textured background”, “looping midi music” etc.  I wish this “Really Advanced Search” comes true someday.  If Google is really this intelligent, we could get much more accurate search results that suit our particular needs.

Google Really Advanced Search


Google Voice for Pets

This new product features “technology originally developed for NASA spacesuits”.  A LED emitter could project a virtual keyboard on the ground for your pet to type messages (if you pet knows how to tap).  By putting a collar on your pet’s neck, what is “said” by it wuold be collected and uploaded to your Google Voice account.  The voicemail transcription engine will translate your pet’s messages into English.  There is even an Android app to make voice call to your pet!

Google Voice for Pets

What would happen if you “Call” your pet?  Will the system translate your voice into cat meows?


Interplanetary Reports by Google Analytics

My final pick is Google Analytics.  For the first time we can track the visits by our extraterrestrial friends!  This new function shows the visitor number from Mars,Venus, Jupiter…  The following screenshot shows a web site with around 200 hundred visitors from some planets:

Interplanetary Google Analytics Reports

If this could happen, I want to see friend from Mars landing on my site too!


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There are lots and lots more April fools by Google and other tech companies such as Google Fiber Bars, Google Street Views by kangaroos, super miniature Ultrabook by Sony, Reddit timeline, etc.  Find out more from these April Fool Round-ups:


Google April Fools – YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome…

Hi guy, today (1 April) is the April Fool Day, our naughty little brother Google has prepared many funny things for you.


Chrome Multitasking Mode

The first came to my attention is the “Chrome multitask mode” video in YouTube.  In this video, the “Google employee” claims that you can use more than 1 mice at a time on the same screen.  I don’t have two mice to test it, but I bet if you really try to follow these instructions, you get… nothing.


8-bit Google Maps

Is this April Fool?  Or a permanent feature?  I hope it is the latter one because it’s so funny.  Today if you go to Google Maps, you will see a box telling you the 8-bit version is released.

Google Maps 8-bit April Fool

You can find the 8-bit rendering of some landmarks.

Google Maps 8-bit Statue of Liberty

UFO at Area 51:

Google Maps 8-bit Area 51 UFO

And there are hidden monsters, like this:

Google Maps 8-bit Monster

People have been crazily sharing the landmarks and monsters they found, probably you already seen some on your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ statuses!

Google even released a video introducing 8-bit Google Maps like a serious product launch!


YouTube Collection

The final amazing product is YouTube Collection.  You can order YouTube videos in DVDs delivered to your home!  A vast variety of collections with different themes are available, check this out:


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