None this year, but here are Google’s past April Fool’s jokes

In 2019, Google announced flower-translating Google Tulip technology. © Courtesy of Google

MOUNTAIN VIEW: After years of digital pranks published in honour of the first of April, Business Insider reported late last week that this year’s joke will be skipped due to the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak.

In honour of Google’s annual April Fool’s Day jokes, the 2020 iteration of which will be skipped due to the company’s focus on their Covid-19 efforts, we’re taking a look at some of the pranks Google pulled over the past five years.

2019

Last year, Google published a video introducing Google Tulip, an AI-powered flower that can translate words from tulip language (“Tulipish”) to a handful of human languages.

2018

Two years ago, Google Israel announced the Google Cloud Hummus API, a tool that uses AI to find the hummus dish perfectly matched to each person’s individual tastes.

2017

In 2017, Google Netherlands announced Google Wind. Because it rains so much in Holland, this technology would uniformly control windmills in the country to blow away clouds before they start sprinkling water.

2015

Finally, a half a decade ago, the company announced the Smartbox by Inbox, a smart mailbox for the outside of your home that’s temperature-controlled and tablet-equipped and can open at the wave of a hand.