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Google cheekily rickrolls visitors of the Play Store page for Pixel Launcher

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Google just loves rickrolling. Since as early as 2011, the Big G has been trolling users with Rick Astley's 1987 earworm “Never Gonna Give You Up” in various creative ways. People who joined YouTube's HTML5 experiment back in 2011 and tried to download a video by clicking “Save as...” were treated to the song. Then, some years later, users poking around the code of the YouTube Android app were baited by links promising interesting insight into the app's future, only to become the subjects of a cold-blooded rickroll.

And now, in 2017, it seems like Google's fascination with the ancient meme has still not died. What's the latest prank, you may ask? Well, it is on the Play Store page for Google's new Pixel Launcher. In one of the screenshots, to be exact.

Eagle-eyed Reddit user imx3110 has noticed that in one of the screenshots for Pixel Launcher, one that showcases Google's persistent search bar, displays 5 searches that form the name of Astley's infamous single.

Thanks, Google! Now we have no choice but to look for this “Easter egg” in all your new products!

The screenshot in question

The screenshot in question


via Reddit

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posted on 20 Mar 2017, 09:08

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Google has nothing better to do with their time other than cheap laugh like this.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 09:09

2. tuminatr (Posts: 801; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


lol nope

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 09:59 8

4. Podrick (Posts: 988; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


No sense of humor as usual.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 10:14 1

5. maple_mak (Posts: 736; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Did you butthurt, Mr. Bias?

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 11:08 1

6. tedkord (Posts: 13020; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They're just killing time waiting for the competition to catch up a bit.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 11:42

7. omnitech (Posts: 248; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


It's training and fun at the time. Win win. Google employee gets coding Easter egg experience and gets the needed down time to clear his head.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 12:16 1

8. tedkord (Posts: 13020; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's difficult to have one through all the pain, jealousy and hatred.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 17:06

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The joke wasn't funny.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 17:07

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Still butthurt about the Note 7 I see.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 09:20

3. RajRicardo (Posts: 445; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


I flashed Pixel Experience + LineageOS on my OnePlus. It's buttery smooth and I saved $750 plus I get to use all the pixel apps and Google Assistant. Who's Laughing Now? LOL!!!

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 16:09

9. SleeperOne (Posts: 172; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


Meanwhile I'm using a different launcher...

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