Weird bug adds ‘praises the iPad’ at the end of Google queries

By , Jan 5, 2013

Photo Jan 05, 3 06 05 PM

The rivalry between Apple and Google is arguably one of the biggest in the tech world, maybe even the world in general. The two companies are constantly fighting each other for smartphone and tablet marketshare, and they both have legions of loyal fans.

That’s what makes this next story so amusing. A new bug has been discovered in the Google Now and Translate apps that show Apple a bit more love than you’d expect from a rival. Enter the right queries, and both apps will, oddly enough, “praise the iPad.”

So here’s the deal. Something is up with Google’s text-to-speech engine that’s causing Google Now and Google Translate to insert the phrase “he now praises the iPad” at the end of queries that end with phrases like “end with,” “enraged with,” or “filled with.”

The bug has actually been around for a while — it was spotted in Android forums back in October of last year, but it was recently brought to light by the folks over Hacker News. And needless to say, it’s been spreading like wildfire around the Apple blogosphere.

To try it out for yourself, simply launch Google Translate, either on your desktop or via the iOS app, and initiate a translation. Make sure both input and output languages are set to English (it may work with others) and that your sends ends with “end with.”

Obviously, on the screen you’ll just see a duplication of your original text. But if you tap the speaker icon, which activates the text-to-speech function, a voice will say the line. Not working? Try the phrase “Kevin walks at the end with.” It’s been 100% for me.

In the end, yes, it’s really just a stupid little bug that Google will end up patching. But on this rainy Saturday afternoon in Portland, it’s provided me with some paltry entertainment.

[MacRumors]

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  • rosssimpson

    It seems to be working fine for me :s

    • jose castro

      Me too actually

  • http://twitter.com/ahmedor ahmedor

    me 2

  • http://iphone-magazin.org/ iPhone-Magazin.org

    not working for me

    • Matthew

      Same

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

      ask it what is a giraffe

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaty.usaf Austin Beaty

    It works if you change it from an end with to an enraged with. I know stupid grammar but it works

  • Jose Gonzalez

    I tried it myself, didn’t work.

  • Guest

    Whoa,

    How I did it:

    Left box: From: Detect language

    Text box: hit his head so hard with

  • august ebbesen

    My translate Voice is with a man, and it doesent work?

  • jclocs1

    tried it right after this post was post a few hours ago and it was working fine, and now when i try it, it doesn’t work :(

  • Mysteroy3k

    Why haven’t you guys mention the Samsung 3 bug that basically bricks the phone without notice

    • Mysteroy3k

      The galaxy s3 speaking

    • maurid

      Why would they? It’s an iOS blog.

      • Mysteroy3k

        Because mentions of non iOS products has been mentioned and considering the tug of war between the two products and company o_O

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.gardner.73 Alexander Sir-Cheezitz Gardner

    If you ask Google Now “What is a giraffe?” on an android device, it will say it after its done telling you what a giraffe is lol

    • tggt00

      YOU DONT SAY??

  • AxY Network

    I guess its been patched up D:

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

    Ask it what is a giraffe

  • JaeM1llz

    Doesn’t work, they must have patched it

  • wonderboydave

    its not a weird bug, its the truth.

  • Singularity19

    Its not working for me, however, if you typed in “filled with” it will say fill pad, hahaha

  • hasan51h

    not working .

  • Fizzy

    It did not work on the iOS app for me but i did not try anything else with it.