Google Rickrolls code-diggers in new YouTube APK

Google Rickrolls code-diggers in new YouTube APK
For those of you who keep a close eye on mobile news, you know that over the past couple of years, a new segment of reporting has surfaced - code-digging - which is when Android app files are decompiled to see if there are new/future features hiding in the code. The practice was popularized by Ron Amadeo and Artem Russakovskii, and is now the specialty of Android Police. Google decided to have a bit of fun with them in the new YouTube APK.

The Android YouTube app recently got a relatively minor update, which mostly focused on making playlists better, but of course there is always a chance that future changes could be hinted at in the code. So, Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii started looking through the APK code to see what he could find. Artem got pretty excited when he found a string labeled "music_pass_onboarding_tutorial_uri", with a link to what appeared to be a video tutorial for the long rumored YouTube music service, but it was actually just a classic Rickroll

Google even rubbed it in more when Artem posted about the joke on Google+. The official +Google Developers account commented on his post with "Never Gonna Give You Up" lyrics saying, "We've known each other for so long. Your heart's been aching, but you're too shy to say it. Inside, we both know what's been going on. We know the game and we're gonna play it."

And, so, the game plays on...

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8 Comments

1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

LOL Laughing hard here

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL, wow, at least there is some humanity to one of our corporate overlords.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

This is why I love Google:) They take some joy in the little things in life!

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

A practical joke hidden inside the official code for the most popular of apps on any smartphone. That's freakin awesome! I really hope Google encourages their employees to do dumb things like this. I'm sure they do with all the Google Now Easter eggs. Ask Google Now "What does the Fox Say?" and it'll reply with a random line from the song.

6. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

omg i just laughed so hard. thanks.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm just glad to know that I'm not the only one who got a good laugh out of it. :)

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Don't just ask. Sing to it. :3

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Android police got trolled. ROFL. I love Google's easter eggs.

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