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April Fool's tech pranks we wish were true
When industry giants tickled our funny bones.
Tech firms across the globe have always been a sport when it comes to pulling April Fool's pranks, and 2018 was no exception. Right from industry giants such as Reliance Jio, Google, Oneplus, Xiaomi to a few lesser known brands tried their luck teasing their fictional products to the world. Here are few of the pranks we wish were true:
After disrupting the telecom sector with its dirt cheap data and calling plans, Jio gave every other telecom service provider a run for their money. The company teased its JioJuice, an innovative technology that can charge your smartphone wirelessly. The company took to its Twitter and Facebook accounts to make the announcement followed by all sorts of reactions from the fanatics.
Just days before April 1, the company released a video where co-founder Carl Pei was seen sharing company's vision beyond smartphones, and this year's joke seems to aim the biggest fad in 2017-2018 - cryptocurrencies.
This isn't the first time OnePlus tried to play a prank with its fans. The company has a history of such pranks. Its tiny drone was actually put on sale, and small quantities of the Dash Charge drink were made.
Xiaomi Mi A1 with 6 cameras
This was probably the least convincing prank this year. Xioami posted a photoshopped picture of the rear panel of its Mi A1 smartphone showing six camera sensors. While the whole idea behind using the A1 as the bait was because of its name, A1 - April 1, we still think this was a lazy attempt.
HMD Global announced its upcoming smartphone, the Nokia CityMan with 1-year battery life. Since the only area where smartphones take a beating from the old school mobile phones is the battery life, Nokia's prank somewhat takes a dig at the latest smartphones, while intriguing the users.
Google's 'Bad Joke' detector
Google, for years, has teased fictional products which we wish were true. This year, the company came up with a 'Bad Joke' detector for its Files Go app. The new feature claims to identify bad jokes by using 'a custom-built deep neural network.'
Ola News Network (ONN)
India homegrown taxi-hailing service Ola pranked the users by claiming that over one million of the Ola drivers will double as ground reporters covering local city developments.