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This article was published on November 23, 2015

Google lets you choose the light or dark side to bring some Star Wars excitement to your Web experience

Google lets you choose the light or dark side to bring some Star Wars excitement to your Web experience
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In anticipation of the the latest film in the Star Wars franchise, Google is offering users a choice between the light and the dark side of the force. Your decision will influence how your Google apps look.

Visit google.com/starwars to take a side; you’ll then find new movie-themed backgrounds in Gmail and Chrome’s New tab page (optional). YouTube’s seek and volume controls take on a lightsaber-like glow. On Maps, your location marker becomes either a TIE fighter or an X-Wing. If you like, you can give your Google avatar a blue or red overlay to represent your allegiance.

Choose a side and Google will revamp its apps with Star Wars-themed content
Choose a side and Google will revamp its apps with Star Wars-themed content

There are also a few changes in Google Translate, Waze, Chromecast, Google Now and Search. Oh, and if you use Calendar, you’ll spot new event entries for Star Wars events like the movie’s theatrical release.

Keep an eye out for Star Wars-themed elements across Google apps
Keep an eye out for Star Wars-themed elements across Google apps

Google says it may take a few hours for its apps to update with your preference, so you might not see all the new themed changes immediately. It’s worth noting that these aren’t available for Google Apps accounts.

Chrome, Gmail, and YouTube tweaks are only on the desktop apps, but the rest should also show up on your Android or iOS phone.

For Star Wars fans, old and new [Google Official Blog]

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