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The Force Goes Google

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A not very long time ago, in a Googleverse not very far away, a partnership was made.

The partnership between Star Wars and Google that will bring the Force right into Google Apps. This fun collaboration to promote the release of the upcoming Star Wars film in December will tweak many of the Google Apps products you use to have a bit more Jedi in them.

To access the new powers, navigate to and choose whether you want to experience the Dark Side or the Light Side. You will soon find that there are subtle changes to Gmail, Maps, YouTube and a few other Google products.

Unfortunately, as Yoda would say “Compatible with Google Apps for Work, this feature is not.” So make sure you are testing it on a standard Gmail account. Here are all the changes I was able to find when I tested out the Dark Side.

When I initially logged in I was prompted to choose a side.
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After that, I was congratulated on my selection and taken to a landing page that displayed all of Google’s products.
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First, I tried Gmail. Which had a Star Wars themed backdrop.

Even the loading screen was Star Wars themed.


Next stop was Google Maps. The only change I noticed was the “street view” character was now a Storm Trooper. Aside from that it was normal. Apparently there are some additional changes when you are on a mobile device such as X-Wings and Tie Fighters that guide you during turn by turn directions.


Heading over to YouTube, you will notice both the volume control and the loading bar are now lightsabers.
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In Chrome it seems you need to install their specific Chrome Extension to see any changes. The result is a different Star Wars image whenever you open a new tab.


And finally, Google Calendar. This was the most “promotional” of the alterations. It simple added events related to the release of the movie into your Calendar.

I know there are likely more that I didn’t find. If you notice anything I missed, let me know in the comments!

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