Google has a history of putting fun little features into their search functions, from making the whole page spin when you type “do a barrel roll” to making it snow all over your results in the approach to Christmas – but their latest Star Wars-themed efforts might just take the (space) cake.
If you go to the Google homepage and type in “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”, you get your results as normal – but they look (and act) like the iconic “opening crawl” from the Star Wars films, as you can see below. Let’s be fair – it’s pretty cool.
And if you want your idle lunchbreak procrastination to seem even more like a cinematic space opera beloved by millions, Google have rolled out other options for you. If you go to Google.com/StarWars and choose either the Dark or Light Side of the Force, all your Google apps will be changed into something more befitting a Jedi Master or Dark Lord of the Sith.
So your Google maps will have a little rebel pilot or stormtrooper, YouTube’s progress bar becomes a lightsaber and your Google calendar…well, they’ve just stuffed a few Star Wars dates into that one, which is a bit cheeky.
As for what else changes, well apparently there are a few hidden Easter Eggs around in various apps (maybe your gmail now only works if you send messages inside an astromech droid or something), which faithful fans of Star Wars/tax avoiders will now presumably spend their time sniffing out.
All in all, it’s a lot of silly fun – though of course, one could argue that all this cheery Star Wars promotion is just two huge faceless corporations (Disney and Alphabet) slapping each other on the back while they wait to cash in.
Yes, you definitely COULD argue that – but then we’d find your lack of faith disturbing.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is released on 17th December