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On April Fools’ Day, we gave users the chance to translate the entire mobile web into Emoji. You could only access this feature by downloading or updating the Chrome app. To spread the word of this very real innovation we created an April Fool’s Day video. It foretold a future where letters and words are obsolete and Emoji is the universal language.

If only the Google Chrome emoji translator weren’t just for April Fools’.
— The Huffington Post

Yep, it really worked. The engineers at Google had a working prototype up and running within a few days. The Chrome extension was featured on The Huffington Post, CNET , The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Mashable