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Google Assistant “drops the ball” early with a silly New Year’s song

With New Year’s Day just around the corner, Google Assistant can now sing a fun little song that adds some fun to your phone, Chromebook or Nest Hub. It has a dancing New Year’s ball like the one that is dropped when the clock strikes midnight and 2021 begins. To try it for yourself, just say “Hello Google, sing the New Year’s song.” Here are the lyrics in case you are interested in singing along.

Sing a song for the new year
I hope we all thrive

Kindness, love and laughter
Can it be our guide

7;m here to take care of
All your search needs

Just say the magic words
And I’m here to please

Say “Okay, Google, sing the New Year’s song.”

If you click directly below it on the suggestion that says “What is the magic word”, Google responds and says “” The magic word is “please” “. I love how Google is run by a bunch of geeks and goofs, and even in the midst of current issues, employees can continue to create fun and engaging experiences that bring some joy. That said, I definitely think this one, although sweet, is a little cheesy, and I think they “dropped the ball” a little early, so to speak. In any case, I can not exactly paint something that is meant to trigger a light in such a dark year as so bad, so it is a welcome little addition to the assistant’s functionality, I guess.

Just so you know, the tradition of dropping the ball on Time’s Square to begin the year began in 1904, but it goes even further back to 1833 when a “time ball” was installed at the English Royal Observatory in Greenwich. When dropped at one o’clock every afternoon, it would be a signal to nearby ships to set chronometers exactly – how cool is that? About 150 time balls were installed around the world, but after they stopped working and were abandoned as a means of marine navigation in favor of more modern methods, it became known as a celebratory thing in New York instead (oh, and the was attached with an absurd amount of light and lasers as well). Happy New Year!

An original Time Ball

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