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April Fools’ Day: The best, worst and weirdest pranks from tech companies last year

Who was the funniest and who failed miserably at their pranks year? Here’s a recap.


If you thought April Fools was a business for the kids, well it’s actually a big game among these big guys we commonly refer to as tech giants! For years now, tech companies have been consistently pulling off the best of pranks. I, honestly wait every year to see what they would do each time. While we still have a little over 12 hours to find that out, let’s throwback to the best, worst and the weirdest April Fools’ Day pranks in the past.

Google your lost sock

Last year, in Australia, Google announced on its blog a new feature which allows users to Search their lost sock. It said, “This is a serious problem for many Australians, who end up with boxes and boxes of mismatched socks. Every year we have been resigned to add new orphans to the box… until today. We’re teaming up with retailers across Australia to launch a new range of Searchable Socks — to organise the world’s undergarments and make them universally findable.” 

Google Search for your Socks Main

Fill back your book shelves with eBooks

So many tech companies these days have been trying to get you to stop buying books, to save paper and trees and environment, and some vague stuff like that. They have been making eBook reader that hold hundred and thousands of books at one time. But what the flaw in this technology is that it leaves book shelves empty. That’s not how books were to us. So last year, Google came up with this excellent idea of a different eBook reader for a different eBook. Your book shelves will not be empty again.  ALSO READ: Honor BFF smartphone with Always-on Affirmation, Customized Voice Settings announced; here’s all you need to know

Oops that Mic Drop

While kudos to the above pranks, Google actually got in a bit of trouble with another prank it pulled off in its mailing service, Gmail. “Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the last word on any email with Mic Drop. Simply reply to any email using the new ‘Send + Mic Drop’ button. Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it,” Google explained when it launched the button on April 1. ALSO READ: The best and the worst April Fools’ Day pranks by tech companies in 2015

While funny in theory, more than one billion active users rely on the Big G’s mailing service, many of whom use it for business and professional communication, and it didn’t work too well. Hundreds of people complained about the short-sightedness of Google for having pulled off such a joke, and many shared how the prank got them in trouble or turned into an absolutely embarrassing moment. There was one instance where a condolence mail was sent to a company employee for the death of their daughter, with a minion mic drop animation at the end. Google had to pull down the prank.


Ghost catcher

Last year, Sony released a device, which aided catching of ghosts and demons. And making your plan of ghost catching and the device full proof, the Sony Ghost Catcher was made water and slime resistant. ALSO READ: UberSUPERCAR is an elaborate April Fools’ Day prank that can get you a Ferrari or Lamborghini supercar



And, the generous YouTube last year decided to give its users a chance to hangout with Snoop Dogg. Because who doesn’t want to? YouTube released SnoopaVision, which offered some cutting-edge 360 experience that combined two undeniable trends of the year, 360 degree videos and Snoop Dogg! ALSO READ: Olacabs takes April Fool’s Day to new heights with Ola Air prank



So tell us which did you think were the best, worst and weirdest pranks, in the comments below.

  • Published Date: March 31, 2017 4:49 PM IST
  • Updated Date: March 31, 2017 5:06 PM IST