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Google pranks with a feature many users would love to have -- automatically adding emoticons to Google+ photos

Google just won't stop with the April Fools' stunts, and this one got more than a few people to fall for it -- an algorithm that automatically adds the right emoticon to a Google+ photo based on the facial expressions of the people in it. Dubbed +Emotion, it's said to "plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon" with the click of a button.

Of course, there is no such button, but folks commenting on the Google+ posting sure seem to want it, and were sufficiently fooled. We cant blame them, it certainly sounds like something Google could -- and would -- implement. 

We're used to Google pulling a bit of April Fools' silliness, but this year they seem to have kicked things into high gear. With 24 more hours to go, we expect to see more before it's all over.

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Source: +Erik Murphy-Chutorian

 

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More April Fools' with Google+ photos and +Emotion

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I may be misreading this but the second paragraph "There's no such button". There is a button, open a photo in G+ desktop and top left there's a little smiley face.

It's quite a cute feature actually.

It would be a cool prank if amongst all these pranks, one of it actually pans out to be a real announcement. lol.

It's an actual feature!
I think Google wanted to post a lot of pranks and throw in one actual feature, and fool people into believing that the actual feature was actually a prank.
You, Jerry, have been April Fooled by Google :D

You know what ISN'T an April fools joke? The Galaxy S4 NOT HAVING AN FM RADIO! A standard issue entity EVERY other (or therabouts) smartphone comes with. What a disgrace. Samsung, you're grounded.

Will we really have to start scrutinizing future device announcements by looking at what they're not saying?