Google Now says a giraffe’s tablet of choice is now the iPad [VIDEO]

Okay, everyone stop what you’re doing. Forget Exynos bugs or glitterless Nexus 4′s, this is something that Google needs to address immediately. If you’re one of the lucky few with a device running Android 4.1/2 Jelly Bean, you probably haven’t even noticed but doing a quick Google Now/voice search for “what is a giraffe” will give you all the information you need on the Giraffa camelopardalis, including the animal’s tablet of choice: the iPad. (Drops coffee mug). I know, I know. This needs to end… NOW.

Apparently this has less to do with Android and more to do with Google speech-to-text engine which is confusing all sorts of phrases ending with “with,” into adding “he now praises the iPad.” While we can’t be sure if this is an inside job — possibly an attack by Apple — but I wouldn’t put it past them. So, if you’re an Android fanboy with little ones, you now have one more query to keep your kids from searching (in addition to blue muffins or whatever that is).

Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

[Google Bug Tracker]

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  • King_James_The_Wicked

    This must be fixed immediately…

  • http://twitter.com/A_Surge Sergio Vargas

    try “larry page hit his head so hard with” its a good one !

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      OMG!!! xD

      • namepickedy

        whad? :o

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          “Larry Page hit his head so hard, he now praises the iPad.”

          • PhilNelwyn

            “Apparently this has less to do with Android and more to do with Google speech-to-text engine.”
            I think you meant text-to-speech (which, btw, isn’t used by Google Now).

    • briankh

      Good one!

    • PhoenixPath

      roflmao….

    • adi19956

      This one isn’t working for me. It understands it, but isn’t answering me

  • http://www.phandroid.com Kevin Krause

    I don’t ROFL much…but I am now.

  • Chris Jeffries

    You should play the english side of this google translate example. It’s frikin hilarious

    http://translate.google.com/#en/fr/condemned%20court%20room%20filled%20with

    • Oldskool76

      Blank translation…

    • namepickedy

      oh my gosh..

  • http://www.facebook.com/EagleEyeCorey Corey Lee

    what the heck is going on over there at google? lol

  • camelsnot

    This is exactly why camels (and JulieHuang) get kicked in the junk. They have no clout.

  • KOLIO

    Time to re-program/summon the almighty BENDER!
    Mission:KILL ALL GIRAFFES!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    We’ve been infiltrated!

  • namepickedy

    the owner of phandroid…uses a MacBook :(

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      It’s just a desktop operating system. What do you suggest I use? :/

      Oh, and I’m not the owner of Phandroid :p

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

        Not yet you’re not, not with that kind of attitude. Use Chromebook

        Bahahaha I’m just kidding don’t use chromebook its just google chrome manifested into a laptop

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          Not even Google uses Chromebooks :p

  • Chris

    lol now it just ends with an abrupt ‘-ad” if you use translate

    • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

      Mine still does the same thing as the video.

  • CryptoNoel

    I believe it’s blue waffles lol

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      stahp.

    • Alexander Ramirez

      Let us not go there…

    • No_Nickname90

      My friends tried to get me to see that. My phone loaded a page saying it was a trap. LoL!!

  • TechGuy22

    lmfaoo. i tried that on my S3. omg SO FUNNY

  • Joshua Saunders

    I doubt it was an Apple attack, but I bet someone just got fired.

  • Alexander Ramirez

    Did you say: “You shut your mouth!” at the end of the video?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      No. O_o

  • Caffiend

    Y’all say glitch, I say funny as hell easter egg.

  • Mobile Phones Fan

    I think I might have an answer.

    Recently, the term ‘giraffe’ refers to the category of telepresence robots…basically a mobile (motorized/wheeled) teleconferencing device that can act as your remote stand-in for meetings or while you are out of the office.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Telepresence_robots

    Typically, sitting atop such a robot is…an iPad. Back in 2007, a company called HeadThere began promoting their version under the (trademarked) name Giraffe. And its since become a popular, generic term for these gizmos.

    http://www.geeksugar.com/HeadTheres-Giraffe-Video-Conferencing-Robot-166171

    Can’t say for sure if this connection explains what happened here, but it does tie all the elements together.
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    • No_Nickname90

      Um… Not to be mean, but did you watch the video? It also happened with other stuff as well. The “Giraffe” is not alone in this. LoL!!

  • Larkhillv

    I have tried several names, some relevant to Google, others not (Oprah Winfrey, Kobe Bryant, etc) and they all do the same thing. It does not, however, work with Steve Jobs… I wonder why this is. It works if you put something like “Steve Jobssucks” but not something like “Steve Blowjobs”. I guess there is some parameter for STEVE + anythingJOBS gets rejected… I wonder if someone in Google is pulling a prank, or if Apple somehow has something to do with this.

    • No_Nickname90

      There is an undercover agent.

  • adi19956

    Not sure if some of these, particularly the Google Translate ones, work for UK users as we appear to have a different voice to our US counterparts. We have an English accented voice that at least for me does not finish things with “the iPad” except for the giraffe one

  • Chris

    So it apparently works with literally anything. Put anything you want in Google Translate, then put “filled with” after and it says “so much drama, he now praises the iPad”.

    I tried it with my name, my brothers name, a random name, and random words lol.

  • Rob1003

    The answer as to the origin of this issue is obvious actually. Google’s Text-to-Speech and voice recognition processing is handled by super computers. This isn’t a programmer having a laugh it’s actually the first sign of Google’s “The Brain” developing neuroses. This is just the first step down the path that ends in Skynet! :P

  • chuckles87

    I hope it turns out to be hacking by apple and Google files suit and apple gets sued out of business

  • Seth Forbus

    What. The. Hell.

  • Michael Thompson

    That is remarkable.

  • dreadnatty08

    Chris, this “bug” was discovered on Oct 16, 2012. Did you not look at the search results when you did this test?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      And yet the bug still exists….

      • Tim242

        Really? Doesn’t do it on my Note II.

  • Claire

    if you typed “filled with”, you get the whole bug. http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/04/google-now-and-google-translate-praise-the-ipad/

  • http://www.facebook.com/MCNiiCK Michael McNick Nichols

    iOS bought out the dictionary so they changed the definition to every search!!!

  • jfelts

    This has been patched. Although some other sayings still produce it.