rolls Android enthusiasts in YouTube app update

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 7 Aug 2014

enever updates one of its Android apps, enthusiasts like to tear it apart to discover any hidden features.

Android lice’s Artem Russakovskii certainly discovered the unexpected when investigating the latest version of YouTube for Android. Someone at thought to hide a link to the infamous roll video inside a string of code for version

Yes, made a point of rolling Android enthusiasts. Glorious. Even more amazing, the Developers + account left a taunting message on Russakovskii’s post about the find. 

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The Developers account continued the roll on +.

To create the deception, the code (<string name=”music_pass_onboarding_tutorial_uri”></string>) appeared to indicate some kind of new music service, which has been rumored for some time. Instead, the YouTube link is to one of the many uploads of the very 1980s pop hit.

The roll meme, whereby people are tricked into watching Astley’s 1987 video to Never Gonna Give You Up, was at the height of its popularity about six years ago. Astley even performed a live rickroll during the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving rade, occasionally interrupting ( improving) a performance of “Best Friend” by Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. The phenomenon gave Astley somewhat of a career revival, as he continues to tour release new songs.