Update: The statues are undergoing repairs.
What you need to know
- Google's Android statues are apparently gone from its Mountain View campus.
- Some visitors who have gone to the area have reported seeing only "a dirt patch."
- Google remains mum on the mysterious disappearance of its Android statues.
The park where Google's Android starepairssed to occupy is now apparently "just a dirt patch." A few people who visited Google's Building 44 at its Mountain View campus claimed the large figures had mysteriously disappeared.
According to Android Authority (opens in new tab), Google may have moved the statues to an unknown location in recent weeks. The Building 44 area previously housed 18 statues dedicated to the operating system that powers the best Android phones (opens in new tab).
Prior to their disappearance, Google transferred them to a park outside the visitor’s center. However, some Google Maps reviewers discovered that the statues are no longer in the area, with only a few remaining.
"All statues have been removed," one reviewer commented (opens in new tab) two weeks ago. "The park is just empty."
Another reviewer who visited the park a month ago said that the place "seems abandoned."
"I was expecting a treat and was met with desolation and ruin," the reviewer said (opens in new tab). "The whole area seems abandoned and the merchandise store (closed) looks from the outside like those post-apocalyptic stores you see in videogames and movies."
Meanwhile, there are a few possibilities that could explain the statues' disappearance. Google may be doing some repairs since many of those statues representing Android releases up to Android 10 (opens in new tab) were already in poor condition.
In the worst-case scenario, the search giant may be abandoning the whole idea of building statues for the park. It would be a shame if this is the case, as the location was once iconic.
Google remains mum on the incident. Android Central reached out to the company, and we'll update this post once we hear back.
Update March 24, 2022 12:35am
The Android lawn statues' disappearance is apparently temporary, according to Android Authority. Citing an unnamed source, the outlet reports that the statues have been moved to another location as part of Google's plan to redevelop the Landings site in Mountain View.
"The statues are being repaired and held in storage until they find a new home in our Mountain View campus," the source was quoted as saying.
Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he's not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.
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