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Gmail Tap coming to Android and iOS

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Gmail Tap coming to Android and iOS
Google has really outdone itself with this year's crop of April Fools pranks. We already showed you the cream of the crop with 8-bit Google Maps, but Google also has a good one specifically for mobile with Gmail Tap.

Apparently, keyboards and voice dictation are just not the best option for quick and easy text input on a mobile device so Google has enlisted the help of software engineer Reed Morse, relative of Morse Code inventor Samuel F. B. Morse (distant relative of course). Rather than having to use an unwieldy 26 keys on a QWERTY keyboard to tap out our messages, we just need two: a dot and a dash. 

As absurd as the idea may be, it certainly would make no-look messaging a bit easier, provided you could learn Morse Code of course. And, of course Morse Code is an international language, so this could have been made available worldwide right away. This gag product would have been made available to Android and iOS if it were real. Interesting that Windows Phone got left out of the joke. 

source: Gmail Blog

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posted on 01 Apr 2012, 11:45 3

1. Derekjeter (Posts: 226; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


The last guy looks like LL.COOL.J......LOL.....that was great.

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 12:20 5

6. sdot770 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


That was LL Cool J!!! Real name is Todd Smith. That was hillarious

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 11:45 20

2. MyJobSux (Posts: 80; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


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posted on 01 Apr 2012, 12:51 8

9. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Translation: THIS IS GREAT. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER TO USE MORSE CODE. NO LONGER WILL I HAVE TO WASTE TIME LOOKING FOR THE LETTER ON A KEYBOARD. I CAN NOW SIMPLY PUSH ONE OF TWO BUTTONS. JUST THINK HOW MUCH FASTER CHAT WILL BECOME. THANKS GOOGLE.

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 11:46 3

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5744; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And it would be soooo much easier for computers to process - Morse code is binary (dot and dash). Just think of how fast even the slowest handset would be running Morse.....

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 11:49 1

4. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


I cant download it. It is available only 2nd of april

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 11:55

5. sinple (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


actually, i would not mind trying this. It really seemed to be the only way to type on the screen without looking at it. But, its april fools

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 12:27 1

7. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Now Apple, that is true innovation...

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 12:57

11. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


That made me laugh

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 12:41

8. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Haha, I can actually see this happening lol. Apple should totally grow a sense of humor like these guys

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 12:55 1

10. roscuthiii (Posts: 1796; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Damn... Google is on a roll this April 1st.
I cant decide if I like Google Maps 8-bit for the NES or this Gmail Tap more. The day's not even over yet. I wonder if there will be anything else?

Could we perhaps have a poll about which product we like more? :-D

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 15:43 5

12. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


next, apple releases iDot in iOS6 with the follow up in iOS7.. iDash, and then promptly sues google saying that iDot was in development first, and thus, they invented it.

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 16:04

13. paladinkar (unregistered)


Heree are all of them

http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/04/01/googles-april-fools-jokes-continue-meet-really-advanced-search-and-multiple-cursors-for-chrome

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 19:44

14. jjackielz (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


hahaha i love this stuff.

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 21:23

15. rawbow (Posts: 427; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


got this on my phone and i am enjoying it. Play has this software although it is a third party developer . Its fun

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 15:07

16. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


Droid X Doug - Binary system is 1010101010101010101, not dot and dashes!

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 20:28

17. kmix1987 (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I was waiting for Google to come out with a good april fools joke, almost didnt think they would until i saw the actually dot dash keys, and was like what the heck...Google, awesome company...

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