Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nearly upon us and the blockbuster brand’s merchandising efforts are pumping out toys and related content faster than a heated Lightsaber battle.
The latest Star Wars infused experience allows users to add a dash of The Force to their suite of Google applications. The new feature gives you the choice between joining the “Light” or “Dark Side” and then adds a Star Wars The Force Awakens skin to the experience. Opting out of the feature can be performed by selecting “Change Account” and then “Back To Default.”
In Gmail, a blue or red Lightsaber replaces the standard loading bar and the background transforms into Light or Dark Side images. With Google Maps, the navigation icon has been turned into a TIE fighter or X-Wing, Pegman has been transformed into a Stormtrooper or Resistance Pilot, and light or dark icons replace standard home and work icons.
Other notable Star Wars-influenced apps include, Google Calendar, where key movie milestones have been added, and Google Now, which gives users “this day in Star Wars history facts.”
YouTube, Chromecast, and Chrome are also part of Google and Disney’s branding partnership. Waze, Android Wear and Google translate will also soon receive their own Star Wars specific features.
Check out google.com/starwars to get access to the undeniably cool overlays.