Google Begins Pokemon Challenge On Fools’ Day

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Starting today you’ll be able to catch Pokémons with your iOS or Android device. Google’s looking for the world’s best Pokémon Master and they will even invite them to Google’s Headquarters in order to determine who should win a Job at Google.

“We value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures,” wrote Google software engineer and self-described Advanced Pokémon Trainer. Tatsuo Nomura in a blog post announcing a tool for Pokémon trainers built into Maps . “It turns out that these skills have a lot in common with another profession—that of the Pokémon Master.”

Users can play by updating their Google Maps app and tapping on the search bar at the top of the screen, prompting a Pokeball icon and the words “Press Start” to appear. From there, users can navigate to the nearest Pokemon Lab, where they can catch the Pokemon that appear on their phone by tapping on them.

Historically, Google has done some pretty awesome stuff for April Fools, and this is obviously this year’s joke. Nevertheless Google Maps’ app has been updated with that functionality and you can try to catch some Pokemons today. You’ll even be able to track how many of them you caught with the included Pokedex. It’s really crazy and you should be on the lookout for more jokes like this as we get closer to April 1st.

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