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Be a Pokemon Master, Google tells users in April Fool's prank

NEW DELHI: It is that time of the year again. Yes, tomorrow is April Fool's Day and in keeping with the tradition, Google is starting the silly season with a prank today. In a video posted by Google Maps team, the company announced that it is creating a new position within the Maps team - Pokemon Master.

The elaborate video opens with an epic and thunderous music tune and shows a few "adventures" going to remote places like mountains, deserts and oceans, hunting for Pokemon characters. "At Google we seek to hire the most exceptional people. Today we are announcing a new job role and challenge — Pokemon Master," the voiceover in the Video says. "Pokemon Master's are world's greatest digital explorers."

In the real world, however, you don't need to go out to hunt Pokemons.

If you upgrade your Maps app on iPhone or Android phone or tablet, you can catch 150 Pokemons. These tiny toons are littered on the Google Maps, though most of them seem to be in the US. Catching them requires zooming into the maps of various cities. Once you have found one, you can tap on it and a press special button that says "Catch". Once the character is caught, it is stored in Pokedex. Clicking on it reveals its characteristics.
The easiest way to catch some Pokemons is by navigating to Googleplex in the map. There are several Pokemons around Google's main office.

Every year on April Fool's Day, various product teams within Google come out with pranks. Last year the Google Maps team had announced "treasure hunt". This year even though Google Maps team is out early with its prank, over the next 24 hours keep an eye open for more pranks from other Google teams.

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