by April 1, 2013 0 comments

Google has fooled many unsuspecting victims into awkwardly smelling their laptops and mobile devices on this April Fool’s day. Claiming to “go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation”, they have even gone to the extent of offering the same experience using the “Android Ambient Odor Detection” on mobile phones to collect data about smells. Whenever a user enters some keywords such as “fear” or “wet dog” , a side panel appears which gives the users the choice to click “Smell”, and displays a progress bar that goes to completion. Users can even share the “aroma” through Google+, and there are quirky and witty descriptions of each of the smells. It is impressive that Google has gone to the extent of constructing an entire database to fool people on this April Fools Day. Google has also pranked users by releasing a video on YouTube that shows a montage of clips, and claims that YouTube will be shut down at the stroke of midnight on April Fools Day.


Did you enjoy the annual gag by Google? Are there any other notable pranks which have been done online?

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