Top 10 Google Easter Eggs
10. GOOGLE SEARCH’S SEARCHES
Google’s primary web service and product has always been search, so it stands to reason that the largest amount of Easter Eggs can be found when you’re searching for something online.
Searching for “Do A Barrel Roll” (or “Z or R Twice”) will make your search results do acomplete 360-degree spin. This is a direct reference to the video game Star Fox 64 for the Nintendo 64 video game console. Doing a Google Image search for “Atari Breakout” willlaunch a playable version of the addictive video game using the image results. Typing in “Tilt” or “Askew” in a Google search bar will bring up the results on a slightly tilted search page.
Searching for “Anagram” will result in Google asking if you meant, “Nag A Ram.” Also searching for “Define Anagram” will result in Google asking if you mean “Nerd Fame Again.”
9. GOOGLE MAPS’ GOOGLE VIEW
Searching for the Google Street View of the Googleplex Headquarters in Mountain View, California will result in an image of Google employees with a huge banner that reads, “I Love StreetView.”
8. GOOGLE HANGOUTS’ GIFS (AND PONIES)
In May 2013, Google merged all their chat and messaging services into one convenient app called Google Hangouts. Not only did this allow Google users to chat with anyone on a mobile device or computer, it also allowed users to send people various animated GIFs and pixel streams.
Typing in “/Pitchforks” in a Google Hangouts dialogue box will launch a stream of angry townspeople racing across the screen with pitchforks. “/ShyDino” will feature a green dinosaur hiding behind a small house in your chat window, while typing “/BikeShed” will also change the background color. And they didn’t forget My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in Google Hangouts, either: Typing in “/Ponies” or “/Ponystream” will make animated ponies dash across your chat window.
7. GOOGLE PLAY’S UNICORNS
Google’s online digital store is the one-stop shop for Android and Google users to buy music, movies, TV shows, mobile apps, and books. If you do a search without typing or entering text in the search bar, “Unicorns” will automatically be searched.
6. YOUTUBE’S SEARCH RESULTS
Searching for “Beam Me Up Scotty,” will load the video results as if they were beamed from the U.S.S. Enterprise.
The fun isn’t limited to just sci-fi. When the “Harlem Shake” was a huge pop culture phenomenon, searching “Do The Harlem Shake” made the YouTube video search results do the very popular Internet meme.
3., 4., AND 5. GOOGLE PLAY GAMES, VOICE SEARCH, AND CHROMEBOOK PIXEL’S KONAMI CODE
In the late 80s, video game developer Konami utilized a special cheat code that could be used on the company’s video games. The “Konami Code” was made popular with Contra for the Nintendo Entertainment System. When players input “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start” during the game’s title sequence, they could unlock 30 extra lives to get through the game instead of the standard three.
Google has used the Konami Code on a few of its products, including Google Play Games, Google Docs, and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. Swiping the Konami Code in the Google Play Games mobile app will unlock a clever achievement that reads, “All Your Games Belong To Us.” In Google voice search, saying the Konami Code will grant you “free searches,” and in Google’s Chromebook Pixel, typing in the code will make the LCD stripe on the outside of the computer blink in a frenzy of various colors.
2. ANDROID’S SWEET DIGITAL TREATS
Since 2008, Google’s mobile operating system has taken the name of a tasty dessert for every major release (the first was Cupcake for Android 1.5). Since the release of Gingerbread (Android 2.3), users have been able to make the sweet treats pop up on screen by going to the “About Device” section of “Settings” and tapping “Android Version.”In Gingerbread, the Android robot appeared with a zombie gingerbread man. Later Easter Eggs were more interactive: Flying ice cream sandwich bars appear when users held down the Android robot in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Floating jellybeans emerge when users tapped the large jellybean icon for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
The Android 4.4 (Kit-Kat) Easter egg features a spinning “K,” but if you hold it down, an Android logo in the style of the Kit-Kat logo appears. If you hold that logo down, then all of the past versions of Android desserts emerge.And Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Current version Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is not without its own Easter eggs, either.
Search for “Google In 1998” and the search results will appear in the style of a website from 1998 when the company was first founded.