Google’s Android statues are being repaired and will be back soon

Mysteries arise in unlikely places. Maybe you’re swimming in a public pool and you don’t know why someone threw a candy bar in the deep end (you hope it’s a candy bar). You visit a restaurant, order a coffee and a pie, then die. Or maybe you find yourself on Google’s sunny campus in Mountain View, California, and realize, with a chill, that all the little green statues of Android are gone. Cue the creepy music: This third mystery is real and no one knows what to make of it.

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Until recently, you could find – in the Google Android Statues plaza outside Google’s Mountain View headquarters – many distinctive statues of the operating system’s little green mascot. As Android Authority reported on Friday, however, all of them are gone. There were a total of 18 at one time, but now there are none, and visitors have taken notice, with one writing sadly that the place is “a barren wasteland. All the statues have been removed – just dirty dirt”.

If you read other Google reviews from people who say they’ve visited the area, it won’t come as a surprise that the statues are gone – likely thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing staff and visitors to stay home, Androids had fallen into disuse over the past two years. A comment posted just a month ago was particularly descriptive, with the visitor writing that he “expected a treat and… was met with desolation and ruin”. The visitor noted that the area looked abandoned and the nearby Google Store looked “like those post-apocalyptic stores you see in video games and movies.”


Sadder still, the visitor wrote that there were “only 3 statues left and in total decay” at the time. Google hasn’t released any sort of statement about the missing Androids, but the rational explanation might be that they’re having the equivalent of some sort of mass spa day with a statue of Android, getting repaired, of shiny new coats of green paint and all. That leaves the non-rational explanation, of course – that the mothership eventually came and called them home. But that’s… unlikely.

Google is, after all, hosting the first in-person I/O since 2019 on May 11. The number of non-virtual participants will still be limited compared to the past, likely to preserve some social distancing. But if the search giant is gearing up to welcome visitors again for the first time in years, it makes sense that the landscape – including the little green bots – could get some sort of overhaul.

If the androids aren’t back by May 11, 2022, we’ll come back to the mothership theory.

UPDATED: 2022/03/22 18:55 EST BY AROL WRIGHT

The mystery has been solved

Android Authority has updated its original coverage, confirming the disappearance of the statues, but also talking a bit about their real fate. Turns out they’re just being relocated as part of a redevelopment of spaces at Google’s Mountain View campus, and they’re currently being repaired.

Quoting a source, the company “has removed the Android Lawn Statues from their previous location due to Google’s planned redevelopment of the Landings site in Mountain View,” and the statues are “repaired and in storage until they find a new home in our mountain view campus.”

Some statues have apparently already been moved, while the rest will be displayed on the company’s campus in the future. So don’t worry – they’re not gone, Google makes them all beautiful and beautiful. Here’s hoping they’ll be back on screen by the time I/O 2022 takes place.

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