It’s an April Fools’ World at Google

It really should be renamed Google Fools' Day. The tech giant puts so much effort into the occasion that it sometimes appears to be lobbying for a name change, and its jokes this April Fools' Day are no exception.

Via a YouTube video, Google has announced a fake competition where users try to find Nintendo Pokemons hidden in real-world locations via the Google Maps app. In the app's search bar, a blue Poke Ball has Press Start next to it, which causes the map to zip into Japan and show a screen heavily populated with Pokemon. A game of tapping and trapping ensues.

The feature movie-grade video trailer depicts human candidates for Pokemon Masters searching the world for the little creatures, which they can only see through their smartphones. The winner will be hired at Google as a Pokemon Master.

The Gmail Shelfie

On the Official Gmail Blog, the company introduces today the Gmail Shelfie. The post notes that Gmail Shelfie "is built on the idea that you shouldn't be selfish with your selfie." With only a few clicks, your friend or relative can set your Shelfie as your Gmail desktop theme "so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background."

Over at the Chrome blog, they're announcing Google Translate support for Emoji, the smileys used in Japanese electronic messages, available in the Chrome browser for Android and iOS. "You can now read all of your favorite Web content using efficient and emotive illustrations instead of cumbersome text," it notes.

At Google+, you can now have an automated celebrity photobomb, where the image of a well-known person is added to any photo, thus stealing the shot. Upload a photo to Google+ with some space on a side for the interloper.

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