Google’s Star Wars Easter Egg Is a Doozy
Yesterday, Google announced “Choose Your Side,” a promotional campaign that allowed users to skin their many Google apps with Star Wars-themed visuals. The results are best integrated with Android Wear Watches, Google Calendar, Chrome, Chromecast, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Now, Waze and YouTube—with features also appearing on Inbox by Gmail, Google Translate and Google Search. There’ll also be some VR experiences for Google Cardboard next week, and some other stuff. Fine. Great. Google is huge, Disney is huge, it all makes perfect sense.
But there’s one thing that they didn’t announce. Well, they did, but only via Twitter, and only cryptically.
— Google (@google) November 23, 2015
And what’s the beginning? Even our editorial fellow knows that by now. So if you head to Google and type in “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away,” you’ll see what might just be the greatest search results page the Internet has ever known. You’re welcome.
Ever since Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was stabbed to death “for the Watch” last season on Game of Thrones, fans have been fervently hoping he was not really dead. There were, seriously, so many theories about this. Turns out, those fan theories—or, at least, one of them—might be true. HBO just released a poster for Season 6 of the fantasy show and the only face on it is that of Jon Snow. He looks bloodied and broken, but he’s there. Is he back for real? Is he a ghost? Is this all a cruel joke being played on us by HBO? Twitter is already, well, atwitter over what this could mean. We’ll find out for sure when the show returns in April.
If you missed last night’s American Music Awards, you mostly missed the usual awards show stuff: a performance by Coldplay, an award sponsored by T-Mobile, Justin Bieber in ill-fitting clothing. But there was one surprise: a new scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Oh, and an a cappella rendition of Star Wars theme music by Pentatonix, who performed with a full orchestra. Introduced by Harrison Ford. The performance was fascinating, if nothing else, but the new scene was amazing—even if we’d seen part of it before.
The clip was a longer version of the footage from the trailers showing Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and BB-8 fleeing from TIE fighter fire on Jakku. In the extended version, though, we see that they’re running toward a Quad Jumper—that gets blown up as soon as they get to it. That’s it, but it’s worth your 15 seconds. Check it out above, then watch the new TV spot below.