Did You Sniff Out These Google April Fools' Day Pranks? - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Did You Sniff Out These Google April Fools' Day Pranks?

Posted: Updated:

Google's controversial Easter Sunday doodle of labor leader Cesar Chavez was no joke, but apparently its new smell search engine is.

A video announcing Google Nose Beta – a feature that allows users to search the internet for scents – should have smelled a little fishy.

Google promised the product will quote "offer the sharpest olfactory experience available," and described advanced technology that "temporarily aligns molecules to emulate a particular scent."

And if that didn't pass the smell test, then maybe the application's "mobile aroma indexing program" and its "fifteen million scentibyte database of smells from around the world" should have.

Google also described a mobile phone "android ambient odor detections" app that would allow you to collect smells on your phone.

Well, Google Nose is not the company's latest product, but its latest April Fools' Day prank.

Of course, you never know.

Also for the April 1 festivities the company added a "Treasure Maps" feature to its popular maps icon.

And website managers who use Google Analytics might have been curious to see visitors to their site from an off-shore location that, when hovered over, displayed as "International Space Station Control Room." Of course, when you went to see how many viewers, it said "41." And the pages the content they were viewing? "April Fools' Day."

(Not that anyone here would have fallen for something that silly...)

The pranks come a day after a bunch of conservatives took to Twitter to express their anger over an Easter Google Doodle showing Chavez, who would have turned 86-years-old Sunday.

But conservatives were angry with the search giant's decision to honor Chavez over Jesus Christ. They also blamed the White House because last year President Obama declared March 31 to be "Cesar Chavez Day."

In a statement, Google said it enjoys celebrating holidays, but it's "difficult to choose" what to highlight in the Doodle.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Man Tried To Board Plane At Newark With Assault Rifle

    Police: Man Tried To Board Plane At Newark With Assault Rifle

    Police say an Indiana man tried to board a flight for Chicago with an assault weapon at New Jersey's Newark airport.
    Police say an Indiana man tried to board a flight for Chicago with an assault weapon at New Jersey's Newark airport.
  • Evesham Police: Suspicious Package Found In Municipal Complex

    Evesham Police: Suspicious Package Found In Municipal Complex

    Evesham Police: Suspicious Package Found In Municipal Complex

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:13:28 GMT
    Evesham Police Department are conducting an investigation into a suspicious package found inside the lobby of the Evesham Municipal Complex.Evesham Police Department are conducting an investigation into a suspicious package found inside the lobby of the Evesham Municipal Complex.
    Evesham Police are investigating a suspicious package found this morning by an officer that forced a shutdown of the Evesham Municipal Complex.
    Evesham Police are investigating a suspicious package found this morning by an officer that forced a shutdown of the Evesham Municipal Complex.
  • Ramsey: Deliveryman's Shooting By Police Looks Like 'Tragic Miscommunication'

    Ramsey: Deliveryman's Shooting By Police Looks Like 'Tragic Miscommunication'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:30:04 GMT
    Police say a man shot and wounded by plainclothes officers in Philadelphia is a pizza deliveryman who may have mistaken them for robbers.
    Police say a man shot and wounded by plainclothes officers in Philadelphia is a pizza deliveryman who may have mistaken them for robbers.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices