Round-up: April Fools’ Pranks by Mobile Tech Companies
GLOBAL – Tech-savvy users may not always be fond of April Fools’ Day pranks, since it is difficult to challenge their perceptions.
This hasn’t deterred popular technology companies from pulling pranks on their followers. We are guilty of this ourselves, since we announced that Nokia was changing its name to Omena, following a dream that CEO Stephen Elop had where he saw Steve Jobs landing on an iUnicorn – Omena happens to mean “Apple” in Finnish.
Nokia itself made a prank when it announced the launch of a Lumia-looking Microwave oven to its product lineup.
Smartphone case maker Otterbox pulled a prank when it introduced a do-it-yourself wooden case for smartphones.
Google, for its part, introduced a prank in the form of ‘Nose’, which is supposed to help users smell various things.
Samsung published an article suggesting the introduction of ‘Eco Trees’.
Virtual keyboard application developer Swiftkey promised on April 1st that its new keyboard app would allow users input words just by tilting the smartphone device.
Another prank announced by Google is the mobile ATM device which, when paired with a smartphone, will dispense cash for the user.
Few other technology companies, such as Kodak, Toshiba and Sony, also joined the list of pranksters. Toshiba’s Shibasphere promised a full body motion sensor gaming experience.
Sony’s prank concerned the development of Animalia lineup, a set of gadgets intended for pet animals.
Finally, popular camera company Kodak announced the ‘Wrist Kiosk’, which is supposed to click pictures with a wrist camera and deliver small prints.