Phandroid » Humor Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:37:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Google and Samsung get a head start on April Fools with Chrome selfies and a meat cleaver phone Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:46:54 +0000 can't tell if serious

Have you looked at your calendar today? If not, let me tell you what day it is: March 31st. You know what that means? Tomorrow is April 1st, the infamous April Fools day. That means companies are about to flood the internet with jokes, press releases about fake products and other cheeky shenanigans.

There’s just one problem this year: some companies can’t help but to get started a day early. Google has already unleashed a few of their own, the most cool of which is an interactive new Google Maps feature that turns your local area map into a game of Pacman. You can actually play it right now by clicking here, if you want (or stroll into the Google Maps for Android app).

google maps pacman

It’s not a joke, per se, but it’s a cool and fun little quirk that Google likely tossed in to celebrate the goofiness of tomorrow’s pseudo-holiday. It’s also a great way to promote the real-world augmented reality counterpart being featured in the latest Ingress update.

It doesn’t stop there for them. They’ve sneakily baked a feature into the latest version of Google Chrome that will enable a new “Chrome Selfie” feature once the calendar turns.

Phandroid chrome selfie

Steve is blown away by that dreamy Samsung user interface concept! The idea is that you take a selfie with your reaction of whatever site you’re viewing, and you can send a shot of that selfie and website off to your friends to view. It’s the one killer feature we’ve always been waiting for! Not. You can give it a try right now by changing the timezone on your calendar to GMT +10.

It isn’t just Google’s US arm having a good time, either. Those in Japan have already gotten their fun in, with Google Japan teasing a new “hornpipe” input feature that allows you to input text in Japanese without having to type or even speak anything. Just blow!

And then there’s Samsung, whose Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge smartphone promises to serve dual purpose as a butcher’s knife. It’ll feature built-in thermometer styli, a fold-up handle for easy conversion and, you guessed it, a fire proof display.

samsung galaxy blade edge joke

Oh, and food porn. Finally, we’re able to record our meat chopping experience from the perspective of the destructive tool that makes it all happen, and then easily take a photo of the finished product afterward!

Sad to say it, folks, but this is only the beginning. The Next 24-48 hours will spawn an even greater number of jokes. Some will be funny. Some will even make us wish they were actual ideas and products. And then there will be the bunch that will outright make us cry, cringe and wish this day never existed, all the while actual announcements have to be questioned for their legitimacy in a sea of ridiculous satire. This is April Fools. Prepare yourselves.

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Yahoo will host an Android vs iOS Fanboy Smartphone Challenge at SXSW 2015 and I’ll be representing Team Phandroid Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:08:01 +0000 Android_Fanboy

Newsflash everyone – I’m a fanboy. An Android fanboy.

On Monday, March 16th at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Yahoo is holding a Fanboy Smartphone Challenge. They’ll be putting an Android enthusiast and an iOS lover head to head in the ultimate fanboy showdown. Thanks to a little bit of luck and years of praising our Lord and Savior, Matias Duarte, I have been chosen to represent the Android faithful in glorious battle.

What does it mean to be an Android fanboy? Well, simply put, I live, breathe, eat, and sleep all things Android. A normal day for me consists of playing with an abundance of Android powered devices; from phones, to tablets, to TV consoles, to smartwatches, and even face computers. Besides owning an absurd amount of gadgets, I’m often found geeking out, talking about Android to friends and colleagues, writing about Android here on our beloved Phandroid or social media, and generally consuming as much Android related news as humanly possible. I also may or may not own way too many mini Android figurines, collectible pins, stuffed plushies, and enough swag to start my own second-hand Android store. It’s not an obsession. It’s just a hobby that I’m very passionate about.

For Yahoo’s Fanboy Smartphone Challenge, I’ll be put through a series of tasks against my opponent, which will be done game show style. I’m hoping that I can use my Nexus 6, since my opponent will be using an iPhone 6, though Yahoo wasn’t too confident in hooking my Nexus 6 up to their A/V system. I did inform them that the Nexus 6 works beautifully with a Chromecast, however they sent me a Nexus 5 so that I could use it with a Slimport to HDMI adapter just in case. To be a little honest here, that kind of upsets me a little bit, seeing as I may not be able to use my daily driver, not to mention a phone that’s a year newer, and capable of activating voice commands while the screen is off – something my opponent’s trusty iPhone 6 cannot do. Oh well. I’ll turn it into a positive. My opponent is going to need all of the help that he can get. I don’t mind starting with a handicap.

It’s worth mentioning here that this game show will be done in pure jest. This is all in good fun. I’m not one of those fanboys that hates the other platform. In fact, I surely can recognize a positive when I see one and I’ve been known to praise Apple where applicable. Their products may not be for me, and I may not agree with everything that they do, but Apple does get a lot of things right. It doesn’t matter if you’re first to bring a product to market if it’s a horrible product or an implementation that isn’t very user friendly. This is why the general media sees Apple as the Jesus of computing. When Apple enters a market or launches a service you can bet that there will be little to no snafus along the way (well, except for people getting lost and bending phones). And speaking about markets, almost no one can drive a market like Apple can. I’m excited to see what they’ll do with mobile payments and wearables this coming year. Their success only means additional success and greater adoption for Android Pay and Android Wear.

Anyways, this event sounds like a blast and I’m excited. If Yahoo wants me to be a fanboy, I’ll gladly ham it up and be a their fanboy. I’ll be on stage wearing my Androidify’d t-shirt, Android beanie, wearing my Moto 360, and by the sounds of it rocking both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5. Praise Duarte.

If you’re in Austin at SXSW this Monday, be sure to stop by Yahoo’s Brazos Hall at 12pm to see it all go down. Sadly, there won’t be a live stream for all of you to watch at home, but Yahoo has told me that they’re planning on posting the recorded video promptly at Wish me luck!

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Rap is too mainstream for HTC, so they did a rock concert instead [VIDEO] Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:55:00 +0000 htc peter chou guitar

HTC’s mind-boggling rap video might have been the most random (and, remarkably, both awful and awesome) thing we’ve ever seen out of the Taiwanese company, but they won’t stop at just Hip Hop to spread their message. The company has published a new video featuring esteemed CEO Peter Chou in a soft-core rock video that serves to be more inspirational than anything else.

Guitar in hand, Chou fearlessly takes to the stage at the company’s 2014 year-end party to spread the message that “we are one,” and “together we can change the world.”

One thing we can applaud HTC for here is that it’s a lot less cringeworthy than the rap anthem, though those awkward singing executives on the side of the stage loses them a couple of cool points. The video’s straight ahead if you’re interested in Smooth Peter Chou’s musings.

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New internet trend sees people using live rabbits as smartphone cases [Awww] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:29:24 +0000 Live rabbit cases

Whether it was the Harlem Shake or Ice Bucket Challenge, the internet is often the source for all sorts of strange, cute, noble, or hilarious new viral trends. Still in its infancy, the latest internet trend sweeping across the globe is something a lot higher on the “adorable” scale. People are using live rabbits as smartphone cases. Before we go any further, let’s just all get it out of our system right now: Awwwwwwww!

It all started with the above tweet, then seems to have quickly spreading across Asian countries where their love for the cute and odd is commonplace. While the vast majority seem to be iPhone owners, you’ll find the occasional Xiaomi Mi Phone or Samsung device scattered throughout. Take it all in, folks. This is Pulitzer Prize winning journalism right here.

Seriously, though. Man up the f*ck up and tell us which bunny is your favorite (the Samsung rabbit doesn’t have eyes!). I’m gonna grab a beer. Goodnight.


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15 Lollipop songs to blast in celebration of Android 5.0 [VIDEOS] Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:40:29 +0000 We assumed it all along but Google has finally bestowed the “Lollipop” name upon Android 5.0. Following that up with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player, Android fever is in full force. What better way to celebrate than with Lollipop themed jams while you dig into Android 5.0?

Go forth, make playlists, create ringtones, and share your Lollipop love with the world (and in the comments).

15) Alexandra Stan – Lollipop “Param Pam Pam”(2011)

14) Maejor Ali ft. Juicy J, Justin Bieber – Lolly (2013)

13) Dada ft Sandy Rivera & Trix – Lollipop (2007)

12) BIGBANG & 2NE1 – Lollipop M/V

11) MIKA – Lollipop (2009)

10) Aqua – Lollipop (Candyman)

9) Pawan Singh – Kamariya Kare Lapa Lap Lollipop Lagelu

8) Lil Wayne – Lollipop

7) Framing Hanley – Lollipop

6) Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop (1956)

5) Leslie Gore – Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows (1963)

4) Burl Ives – The Lollipop Tree (1950)

3) Bad Manners – My Girl Lollipop (1982)

2) The Lollipop Guild – Wizard of Oz

1) The Chordettes – Lollipop (1958)

And finally… what will inevitably become the Android 5.0 Lollipop theme song, replayed over and over until Android M comes out.

The Chordettes may have made the Lollipop song famous, but they didn’t create it. That credit goes to Ronald & Ruby who debuted the song in 1958.

Ronald & Ruby

And let us just leave you with this…

This all begs the question… which Lollipop song is best?

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7 Funniest iPhone 6 Bend Jokes, Pictures, and Videos Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:29:42 +0000 The iPhone 6 Bend problem may be slightly blown out of proportion (things bend if you bend them) but lets put the murky details aside for a moment and revel in the hilarity that BendGate has inspired. Here are our 7 favorite responses, pictures, videos, and memes to come from Apple’s latest drama… share your favorites in the comments!

#7 Kit Kat: Gimme a break

The official @KitKat twitter account gave 4.4 out of 5 droids of support by letting Apple know the deal, complete with their memorable company slogan.


#6 Tim Cook Fashion Line

Rather than fix the iPhone’s woes, some users suggested Apple’s Tim Cook could succeed by using it’s marketing prowess to popularize former fashion fads. I’m not sure if the iPhone is 2 Legit 2 Bend, but whenever I see another “durability” test I think to myself “Please hammer don’t hurt ’em”.

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#5 Conan O’Brien imagines Samsung Ad

It didn’t take long for late night comedians to get in on the action – and we expect it to continue. Here was Conan’s first bend, er… stab at it.

#4 Galaxy Note 3 Ad

This fan-made print advertisement for the Galaxy Note 3 shows the iPhone 6 literally bowing at the feet of its rival, with the help of some strategically placed joints. Man… that new iPhone must have gone through Yoga training!


#3 LG Doesn’t bend, it flexes

The gorgeous new curved screen on the LG G Flex gave the company the perfect opportunity to toss it right in Apple’s face. Because, you know, their screen bends on purpose.

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#2 iPhone 6 Repair Kit

Get bit by the iPhone 6 bend bug? Mobile Fun has just the accessory you need to straighten it out!

iPhone 6 repair kit

#1 iPhone 6 Dali Edition

This one, from @PhoneDesigner, is my personal favorite. It’s a hilarious concept, incorporates another cultural icon, the picture is beautifully composed, and it’s tastefully done. Great job, PhoneDesigner!

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Everyone has their favorite… what’s yours? If you don’t see it above, share it with us below!

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Conan O’Brien brings his comedic genius to #BendGate with hilarious new skit [VIDEO] Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:58:48 +0000

With all the doom and gloom surrounding the iPhone 6+’s bend issues, it’s sometimes important to step back and make light of the situation. No one knows how to make light out of any situation quite like Conan can.

The late night star put together his own skit by introducing a new “competitor” to the iPhone 6 — the super straight “Samsung Galaxy.” We won’t spoil too much of the phone, but we will warn you that plenty of sexual innuendos are waiting for you (so make sure your work area is secure before hitting that play button).

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These are not the Android watches you’re looking for Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:43:54 +0000 android watch2

Did you know that Android watches have actually been around since 1991? It’s true. Some of them are really nice, like the new Skygaurdian model. They even have a few models that can run apps! Wait…a watch that can run apps? How cool is that?!

By this point in the article you are probably thoroughly confused. The Android watches I’m talking about are not made by LG or Motorola. These watches are made by Android. No, not Google. Android. Still confused? Here’s the deal. Android is the name of a watch company that was founded in 1991. They been making watches since phones could display the time, and long before the Android OS came along.

If you’re looking for a cheap “Android watch” that can run rudimentary apps Woot has one up for sale right now. Android makes some pretty wild watches. Check out their Amazon page to browse through their designs. Here are a few of the best/worst (we’re not sure which is which).

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Watch Conan O’brien poke fun at the iPhone 6, says what Android users have been screaming for years [VIDEO] Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:01:59 +0000 Conan Obrien iPhone Galaxy joke

It’s never too early to share a laugh at Apple’s expense, especially when it comes to their “next big thing” looming around the corner. Addressing countless leaks of a new and improved Apple iPhone 6 said to be carrying an incredibly large 4.7-inch display is TV funnyman Conan O’brien.

During last night’s monologue, Conan O’brien jokes about rumors of the bigger iPhone 6, stating what Android fans have been saying for years now: the iPhone 6 will simply offer last year’s Android hardware.

Okay. More specifically he mentions the “Samsung Galaxy” line (arguably Android’s biggest mainstream success) which he’s also been known to throw a jab or 2 towards in monologue’s past. The fun starts at 1:32 if you’re pressed for time although we recommend watching the whole video for a good time. Cheers.

[via TeamCoco]

Thanks, Donnosuar!

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Say “Go Go Gadget” to launch Android Wear Apps [VIDEO] Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:47:04 +0000

Nowadays when someone says “gadget” we think of phones, tablets, or computers, but back in the day it was the namesake of a dim-witted cyborg detective. Inspector Gadget had all the coolest gadgets at his disposal, and all he had to do to use one was simply say “Go Go Gadget _____.” Everyone wishes they could do this themselves, and now with Android Wear you can!

You may be familiar with an Easter Egg in Google Now that lets users launch apps by saying “Go Go Gadget [app name]. Since Android Wear relies heavily on Google Now for voice commands you can also do this on your smartwatch, which is a million times cooler than doing it on a phone. Simple tap or say “Ok Google” and then say, for example, “Go Go Gadget Compass.” Try it yourself!


Bum Ba Dum Ba Dum Inspector Gadget

“Go Go Gadget” is just one Google Now Easter egg that works on Android Wear. Here are a couple other ones you can impress your friends with:

  • What is the loneliest number?
  • What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
  • What is the Bacon number of [random actor]?

We love the little Easter Eggs that Google hides in their products. Go up to any little kid and launch on an app on your watch with the “Go Go Gadget” command and watch their amazement. What other Easter Eggs have you found in Android Wear?

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As seen at Google IO: It’s a Toxic Hellstew and We Like It – Win 1 of 5 in this T-Shirt Giveaway Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:56:31 +0000 Its_A_Toxic_Hellstew_And_We_Like_It_Derek_Ross_Phandroid

At Google IO 2014, a handful of IO attendees were seen wearing the above (hey, I know that guy) t-shirt. The t-shirt reads “it’s a toxic hellstew… and we like it!” and was designed by Tyson Kemp of ProcessNotProduct. If part of the shirt’s phrase sounds familiar, it’s because Apple’s CEO Tim Took made the “toxic hellstew” quote famous this year at Apple’s WWDC  in early June. It turns out, the t-shirt was a bit of a hit during Google IO. In fact, Android fans have been asking where they can get this shirt as they wish to wear it proud to spite Apple’s blatantly deceptive claims. We here at Phandroid have teamed up with t-shirt designer Tyson Kemp to give away 5 free t-shirts to lucky winners.

The whole toxic hellstew phrase didn’t originate from Tim Cook though. ZDNet stated that “Android fragmentation [is] turning devices into a toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities”. True, the vast majority of mobile malware developed today is targeted at Android. However, Tim failed to point out though that just because Android has the most malware being actively developed for it’s platform doesn’t mean that Google Play is rampant with malware. Out of Google’s 1 billion active users, less than 1% of Android users actually become infected with malicious code. Additionally, if you’re in the mobile malware business, are you going to develop for the platform that holds roughly 80% of the global user base or are you going to go after a platform that has about 13% of the worlds mobile users? Exactly.

The giveaway

  • Phandroid and ProcessNotProduct are giving away 5 free t-shirts as pictured above.
  • You must be a at least 18 years of age to participate.
  • You must have a valid shipping address in the United States of America. (Sorry no International shipping)
  • You may enter into the contest by participating in the Rafflecopter below.
  • Even though you submit multiple entries, each contestant may only win 1 t-shirt.
  • The contest begins immediately and ends Friday, July, 11th at 11:59:59pm ET.
  • Once a winner is selected, you will be emailed asking for shirt size and your valid shipping address.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t want to take your chances with random number generators? Then head on over to ProcessNotProduct’s official online store where you can pick up a Toxic Hellstew T-shirt for $19 + shipping.

Good luck!

[Image credit: Chris Sewell]

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We’re living in a Material world and I’m a Material Duarte [VIDEO] Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:32:55 +0000 Google Material Design multiplatform

Google’s new design language, dubbed Material, is simple, elegant, and clean. It’s also a part of a popular 80’s song by Madonna. Watch Matias Duarte, Director of Android User Experience, act as the Material Girl in this fan video below.

Move over #holoyolo, it’s time for #materiyolo to unify all platforms, in all it’s glory.

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The Daily Show hilariously mocks Google Glass “discrimination” Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:00:13 +0000

If you watched The Daily Show last night,  you would have seen a handful of brave Google Glass Explorers who volunteered to appear in a segment called “Glass Half Empty.” The skit focused on the recent trend of Google Glass-wearers being asked to leave certain establishments, and the “discrimination” they face.

The skit starts out like a report on discrimination, but quickly falls off the tracks when the interviewer realizes these people were simply asked to remove Glass. The interviewer asks numerous questions about why they choose to wear Glass, what it does, and why a regular smartphone is not enough for them. It’s very accurate commentary on how the world sees Google Glass Explorers right now.

daily glass

At one point the interviewer tosses a verbal barb and then boils it down to a legitimate question “Let’s put aside that these glasses are just f***ing stupid. What is it about this (interviewer looks down at his phone) that’s too much for you?” Most people would agree with the interviewer in that a regular smartphone is more than enough. Explorers, however, are not most people. When you are on the bleeding edge of technology you will always run into detractors. Let’s not forget this is the same exact show that poked fun at the camera phone back in the day.

Glass Daily

Google Glass is fighting to be accepted, just like every new technology has had to do at one time. One of the Explorers in the video, Cecilia Abadie, even went to court for wearing Glass while driving. We were there to report on her great victory. Some states are already banning Google Glass while driving, while others have ruled it’s fine. Airlines are also up in the air about allowing Glass on flights.

At the end of the day The Daily Show is just trying to be funny. We’re sure many of the writers would agree that Glass will soon be a normal thing. Right now, however, it’s not, and they will surely poke fun at that. What do you think about the skit and Google Glass in general?

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April Fool’s Day 2014 [ROUNDUP] Wed, 02 Apr 2014 03:52:15 +0000 FcUaE02

You’ve made it through another April Fool’s Day nearly unscathed. For those braving through the internet on this o joyous of days, peace is almost at hand. But rather than post every prank/gag/joke we came across during our day, we decided to compile them all into one neat and tidy post for easy viewing. This is by no means exhaustive, so if you happened across some others you found particularly humorous, be sure to shout ’em out. Without further ado, here’s our April Fool’s Day 2014 roundup.

Chrome for Android (and iOS)

The Chrome team announced Google Translate support a language of a different kind: emoji. Whenever visiting websites on your Android phone or tablet, you’ll be asked if you want to translate the text into emoji. Pretty darn awesome (and actually strikingly similar to have the SwiftKey Beta handles emoji). Emoji translate is only available in English.

Download on Google Play: Chrome

Google Magic Hand

The folks at Google Japan announced an all new product for interacting with the touchscreen display on your devices: the Magic Hand. With multiple attachments and a full spec sheet at the source link, we loved what the Google Japan guys did with this one. Check it out.


Google Fiber Coffee to Home

We know there are some of you that simply can’t live without your coffee, and that’s why the Google Fiber team is introducing the latest innovation in coffee making: Google Fiber Coffee to the Home. Just install the spigot into your Google Fiber line, and you’ll be enjoying the freshest coffee this side of the internet.


Google Maps Pokemon Challenge

We covered this one in a previous post, but wanted to make sure it didn’t get forgotten. In what could only be described as the best April Fools “prank” ever, the folks at Google teamed up with Nintendo to litter the real world with actual Pokemon that could be captured. The video shows an augmented reality game, something that sadly didn’t make it into the app, but there’s always next year. Maybe with Google Glass?


Google+ Auto Awesome with David Hasselhoff

Google Plus Apri Fools Auto Awesome David Hasselhoff Photobomb

The Google+ team is always adding festive new overlays into their Auto Awesome editor. We’ve seen snow in the winter, hearts for Valentine’s Day, and now all new for April Fool’s is David Hasselhoff. Simply enable Auto Awesome on one of your pics, and watch as The Hoff appears in the flesh, photo bombing your most precious memories. Awesome.


Gmail Shelfie

Gmail Shelfie April Fools

Not even Gmail was safe from April Fools mayhem. In a new theme that prompted users at the bottom of the page to try it out, Gmail Shelfies picked random popular selfies to set as the background of your Gmail page. Pictures alternate at random, so you’re sure to find something you like. I got Victoria Justice for awhile there, so I wasn’t complaining.



Did you know that YouTube actually makes all those viral hits and trends that end up shared through the 4 corners of the internet? Well, you do now. And for April Fool’s Day, YouTube is giving you a sneak peek into the trends they’re predicting will be a hit in 2014. Take a look.

HTC Gluuv

HTC Gluuv

Samsung wasn’t the only Android OEM introducing a glove-like wearable for April Fools. Introducing the HTC Gluuv. Okay, it’s a strange coincidence that both rival OEMs debuted a similar gag, but it’s easy to see who put the extra effort into creating something more convincing. HTC even had an awesome dedicated web page. Check it out via the source link below.


Sony Power Food

“Introducing the latest in fuel technology, Sony Power Foods. Now, the same fuel we’ve used to power ourselves for thousands of years can be used to power personal electronics. By creating an enzyme that enables the chemical energy of organic matter to be transferred directly into gadgets, we’re bringing about the next step in electronic evolution. Voltaic Enzyme.

And Sony Power Foods it isn’t just for techies and foodies. Everyone will love the tasty variety of charging options. From Crunchy Loops cereal to Sony’s Power Food Cake mix, you’re sure to be charged… in every bite.”

Nest & Virgin Airlines

“We’re teaming up with Virgin America to reinvent the way people fly. Watch as Tony Fadell and Sir Richard Branson introduce Total Temperature Control, the newest product from Nest.”

Samsung Fli-Fy

“Our revolutionary new micro-router brings free Wi-Fi to London with the help of some little friends on 01/04/14. We love animals, and would never cause any harm to them.” Find out more via the source link below.


Waze Dates

“‘WazeDates’ uses the same crowdsourcing technology designed to help drivers around the world outsmart traffic, while creating a new space for people to meet and fall in love. Signup today to become a Beta tester:”

Don’t have Waze? Download it & get the best routes everyday with real-time help from other drivers.

SwiftKey Flow Hard

“Bringing all the awesomeness of SwiftKey Flow to your physical keyboard.” The best part is it actually works! Try it here.

Make a Smart Phone (KDDI)

MyColorLife from MyColorScreen

Toshiba DiGiT

“DiGiT ends the mobile computing race. One simple glove replaces laptops, tablets, smartphones, fitness trackers, watches, glasses and any future mobile innovation.” Learn more:

Roku Watch

Roku Watch April Fools 2014


Reddit: Headdit

“Using revolutionary hand equivalent action detection, headdit allows you to upnod, frownvote and navigate your way around reddit. There is also cat mode. So sit back, relax and enjoy headdit.” This one actually works, just visit on your web browser, and allow it to access your web cam. Fun, fun.

Flipboard (Flappy Board)

“Tap, flap and enjoy Flipboard’s first ever gaming creation, Flappy Board. Tweet @Flipboard to share your highest scores with us.”


Sphero: SelfieBot

“#SelfieBot is fully autonomous and capable of flight. Forged from cutting-edge technology and programmed with advanced artificial intelligence, #SelfieBot hovers at your side and records your life in high definition. Free yourself from smartphone #selfie limitations. Reserve yours before it sells out.”


Alright, so that just about concludes our April Fool’s coverage for 2014. We know there’s gotta be something out there we missed, an April Fool’s joke so hilarious, you got an actual chuckle out of it. Be sure to shout out anything you find — Android related or not. We love to have a good laugh. Cheers.



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It’s raining geeks and nerds: Thumbrella hits $1 Million Kickstarter goal Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:53:52 +0000 A Kickstarter campaign that launched over the weekend has generated over $1 Million dollars only weeks after facing ridicule on the hit TV show Shark Tank. Mark Cuban labeled it “a dime a dozen gadget gimmick”, Kevin O’Leary (aka Mr. Wonderful) claimed it was so annoying he wanted to “squash [it] like a cockroach”, and company founder Jonas Hanway left the show with no funding and a bruised ego.


The product in question? The Thumbrella, literally an umbrella for your thumb designed to improve use of your smartphone in the rain.

If you think the idea is stupid you’re not alone, but you might be outnumbered: the Thumbrella has sold hundreds of thousands of units at $4 a pop in a matter of days, perhaps to compulsively early holiday shoppers looking for stocking stuffers.

Hanway admitted his overnight success includes luck, but refuses to concede it’s the only reason:

jonas-thumbrellaIt goes to show that any press truly is good press, that’s for sure, but it’s also validation that the Thumbrella does fill a need, people do want it, and people are  willing to pay for it.

Next time you’re using your phone in the rain I guarantee you’ll smile and think about Thumbrella.

Like most successful inventors and entrepreneurs, Hanway has a feverish passion for his product, whose business plan borders on crazy. He might be an overnight success, but he’s still broke: Hanway priced his Thumbrella at cost, meaning he’s profiting approximately $0 on his million dollar Kickstarter campaign.

Instead, he intends to leverage the success of Thumbrella towards new products and opportunities, including a social networking app that explores how weather, moods, and personalities are interconnceted. Let me know how that works out, Jonas!

The Thumbrella will be a limited run product available for the next 4 days through Kickstarter.

[Via Kickstarter]

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