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October 13, 2023

Star Wars Themed Google Apps

Google’s going all out in honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It has partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm to add new Star Wars-themed customizations to Google apps, including Gmail, YouTube, Search and Maps. Users can go to a special website and choose the dark side or the light side, and then Google will customize their experiences with different Jedi and Sith-powered enhancements. YouTube’s progress bar will turn into a lightsaber, Google Maps will show X-wings and Tie fighters as place markers, and even the calendar will fill up with Star Wars-related events.

The site also shows a live bar chart that seems to be showing how many people have chosen each side (sorry, Jar Jar fans). And of course, if you don’t like the lightsaber noises while you change the volume on YouTube or the pictures of Jakku on your new Chrome tabs, all you need to do is go back to the site and choose not to activate the theme.

Google says it’ll be adding more features between now and the movie’s December 18 release, and you can even have C-3PO or BB-8 speak with your Assistant. Unfortunately, the Star Wars integrations will only work on personal Google accounts (not those for business) and won’t apply to Android phones. But for those with a compatible phone, you can now buy movie tickets from the Assistant using voice commands in the style of Yoda or Vader.