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How Waze Works

How Waze Works

Despite its cluttered interface, Waze is a shining example of crowdsourcing – it turns parts of a problem into parts of a solution. Google employees Nat and Lo visited their co-workers to learn more about the community-based interactive map app.

Gboard

Gboard

Google takes over your smartphone’s keyboard with its latest app. The simple, yet effective tool adds quick and easy access to Google search without leaving your keyboard. Also includes a swipe keyboard, GIF and emoji search built in. Surprisingly, it’s not out for Android.

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Google Self-Driving Bicycle

Google Self-Driving Bicycle

While Google wowed us with Cardboard Plastic earlier today, their best April Fools prank might just be this one out of Google Nederland – a play on their autonomous car tech, but made for the bicycle-filled streets of Amsterdam.

Google Cardboard Plastic

Google Cardboard Plastic

“What’s realer than real? Probably nothing.” Google unveils the evolution of its affordable virtual reality headset. Cardboard Plastic lets you tap into reality itself, thanks to the magic of holes. Oh, how we wish that Apple did this joke instead.

YouTube: SnoopaVision

YouTube: SnoopaVision

YouTube’s April Foo – er, April Fizools’ Day prank combines its new 360º video feature with everyone’s dream couch buddy Snoop Dogg. The SnoopaVision button lets you watch Snoop Dogg watch a YouTube video. Videos here and here.

Will YouTube Ever Run out of IDs?

Will YouTube Ever Run out of IDs?

That funky mix of letters and numbers at the end of a YouTube URL is the unique pointer to any of the millions of videos on the site. Tom Scott ponders if and when they’ll run out of video IDs, and the rationale behind the current numbering scheme.

Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab

The Chrome Music Lab Experiments are easy to use web-based apps that let you create music or play with sound right on your desktop or mobile browser. Just a few years ago stuff like this was available only on professional software.

Google Translate x Bass

Google Translate x Bass

Funk bassist Davie504 visited Google Translate and nabbed a couple of its mechanical sounding voice samples, then turned them into the backbeat for one of his impressive slap bass solos. Sing along! “bschk z pv! zk pv zk!”

Special Delivery

Special Delivery

Santa Claus tries to stay one step ahead of an apartment complex’s spooked but determined caretaker. This Pink Panther-esque 360º animated short film from Aardman is best viewed on a mobile device via the YouTube app, although Firefox or Chrome will do.

Google: Performing Arts

Google: Performing Arts

Watch some of the world’s best musicians, actors, dancers and performance artists up close and for free with Google Cultural Institute’s Performing Arts collection. Each episode consists of multiple 360º videos taken from different angles.

Google Nexus 5X & 6P

Google Nexus 5X & 6P

The LG Nexus 5X has a 5.2″ 1080p screen, 2GB RAM and 16GB-32GB storage. The Huawei Nexus 6P on the other hand has a 5.7″ 1440p screen, 3GB RAM and 32GB-128GB storage. Both have a 12MP camera, USB Type-C charging port and Android 6 Marshmallow.

Grocery Trip Deep Dream

Grocery Trip Deep Dream

YouTuber Pouff turns an otherwise mundane footage of a grocery run into a mind-melting collage of animals. He used samim23’s Deep Dream Animator, which applies Google’s photo manipulating software to videos.

Google OnHub Router

Google OnHub Router

Like Apple’s AirPort routers, OnHub is designed to make it easy to setup and manage your Internet connection. It has a user-friendly iOS/Android app and 13 antennas mounted in a circular pattern to maximize coverage.

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Google Project Sunroof

Google Project Sunroof

By using data from Google Maps and other sources, Project Sunroof aims to make it easy for those who want to install solar panels to figure out the best locations to place them. Available in Boston, San Francisco and Fresno for now.

Google Translate vs. La Bamba

Google Translate vs. La Bamba

Based on Word Lens, the Google Translate app’s visual translation feature now deciphers texts from 27 languages. To show off its versatility, Google matched the app with the lyrics to the rock & roll classic La Bamba.

Journey Through the Layers of the Mind

Journey Through the Layers of the Mind

Memo Akten used Google’s DeepDream to create this trippy video. In very simple terms, DeepDream is cloud watching: it spots something that’s not in a source image, then remakes the source to realize what it’s imagining, and so on.

Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap

Included in the upcoming version of Android OS, Google Now on Tap lets you use Google Now without leaving the app you’re currently in. It will guess what information you need, or you can get a specific answer via voice command.

The A-Z of YouTube

The A-Z of YouTube

YouTube celebrates its 10th birthday with an alphabetical, animated compilation of some of its most popular videos and genres, set to Blackalicious’ Alphabet Aerobics. YouTube, you da real MVP.

Google Photos

Google Photos

Google Photos for PC, Android and iOS offers free unlimited storage for photos and videos. The fun – and creepy – part? It automatically sorts and recognizes the people and objects in your media. Damn Google, you scary.

Game of Thrones Modern Map

Game of Thrones Modern Map

Planning a trip to Westeros? Redditor selvag depicted the fictional continent from A Song of Ice and Fire in the style of Google Maps. The poster is available in three sizes. OK Google, what’s the best sushi place in The North?

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Google Project Fi

Google Project Fi

Project Fi is Google’s upcoming mobile phone plan. It will automatically switch between free Wi-Fi hotspots or to Sprint or T-Mobile’s LTE networks for the best connection. You’ll get a refund for any unused data in your monthly plan.

Google Japan’s Keyless Keyboard

Google Japan’s Keyless Keyboard

Google Japan’s April Fools Day prank comes in the form of a new sort of input device that purports to convert your breath into Japanese language keystrokes. It also makes for a great party favor.

Emic (Trailer)

Emic (Trailer)

“What do you like about living on Earth?” Google’s Emic is a short documentary inspired by the movie Interstellar. It’s a crowdsourced video time capsule to show future generations the happy part of our lives. Exclusive to Google Play.

360º YouTube Videos

360º YouTube Videos

YouTube now supports 360º video playback on Chrome and on Android devices. You can change the camera’s perspective both while the video is playing and when it’s paused. See more examples here, here and here.

Google Feud

Google Feud

(NSFW: Language)Family Feud-style browser game based on Google search results. You’re presented with the first part of a search and you’ll guess what the rest of it could be. We want to see how Steve Harvey reacts to this.

Googlifier

Googlifier

The other Steve Wozniak has created this ridiculous Chrome extension which does its best to identify faces on every web page, and replace their peepers (and occasionally other orifices) with googly eyes. Guaranteed minutes of fun!

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