An image of an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo is visible on Google Maps on Friday, April 25, 2015. Image: Mashable/Google Maps Sick of all the Apple Watch news today? An image of an Android mascot, also known as an Android bot or Bugdroid, peeing on an Apple logo has been discovered on Google Maps.
Marked south of the Pakistani town of Rawalpindi, the image, first noticed by Team Android, can only be seen on the Map view in Google Maps — switch to Earth (satellite) view, and it’s gone.
The image, still visible on both the desktop and mobile version of Google Maps is obviously not an actual feature of the Pakistani terrain, so how did it get there? At this point, we don’t know — it could be an inside joke by one of Google Maps developers, or some sort of hack. We’ve reached out to Google and will update this post when we hear more.
Update: A Google spokesperson got back to us, explaining that the image is likely a result of a user abusing Map Maker, the tool that allows everyone to contribute to Google Maps. “Even though edits are moderated, occasionally the odd inaccurate or cheeky edit may slip through our system,” he said in a statement to Mashable. “We’ve been made aware of the issue and are working on getting it removed.”
Interestingly enough, someone told Google what they think about their edit moderation policy with another image, located a little bit to the east of the Android bot, in the Takht Pari forest. The overall message, while a bit crude, is pretty clear: Google’s moderation system for Google Maps edits indeed needs some work.
Google is known to drop Easter eggs and pranks in Google Maps, but usually for a special occasion, such as this Pac-Man game which the company launched for this year’s April Fool’s day.
And a recent hack positioned Edward Snowden inside the White House on Google Maps — that particular landmark has been promptly removed by Google. Read more…