April Fools Day is big business in the tech world. Companies devote a considerable amount of lost productivity to one-upping each other with the best gag.
We’ve rounded up some of the most clever pranks and fake products for you here, which hopefully will make you chuckle a bit, before you realize the week’s only halfway over.
Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge
Samsung isn’t leaving out an opportunity to plug its new Galaxy S6 phones in the form of a new kitchen tool. The Galaxy Blade Edge turns your phone into a kitchen knife, complete with sensors to measure your “grip, dexterity, and strength.”
Moto Selfie Stick
Motorola is playing off its penchant for customization, found in its Moto 360 and Moto X, with a new Moto Selfie Stick. It comes complete with a sentimental video featuring gruff hipster men discussing their workshop skills.
T-Mobile introduces ‘Pets Freedom’
Playing off its “un-carrier” branding, T-Mobile says you can bring Fluffy to your mobile plan. With Pet Freedom, any animal can be added to your mobile plan for $5. T-Mobile even stuck close to its other commercials in producing a cute video for the gag.
HTC jumps into the smart sock market
Add a smart sock to that portfolio, which promises to use GPS and SMS to keep you connected. Also includes a hole warning system, which is something we all could actually use.
Google jokes galore
Google is typically the king of clowning around, and it’s not disappointing us this year. It got an early start yesterday, putting a playable Pac-Man game inside of Google Maps.
That same Pac-Love is coming to the popular game Ingress, which gets explained in this video:
It’s also putting the acquisition of its .google top-level domain to use, with backwards search at com.google.
Inbox is also getting smarter, with a physical mailbox that auto-sorts your snail mail.
Reddit trolls Android and Apple fans
If you head to the Android or Apple Reddit forums today you’ll notice an offending logo at the top of the page. Reddit has swapped the Apple and Android layouts, which may make you look twice to ensure you’ve landed at the right spot.