New Delhi: Google doodles are fun, more so when they are interactive such as Saturday's 'Star Trek: The Original Series' doodle, posted to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the cult science fiction television series that aired on NBC in the US from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969.
It appears that the 'Star Trek: The Original Series' doodle is best experienced on Google's Web browser - Chrome. Is Google using its popular home page doodles to promote its browser or is it only showcasing the abilities of Chrome in taking advantage of modern Web technologies?
For example, in Firefox the transition of one scene to another in the 'Star Trek: The Original Series' doodle is more of a jump cut but on Google Chrome the transition happens elegantly with a black frame sliding in an out.
For the interactive Moog Synthesizer doodle that Google posted on Bob Moog's birth anniversary Google ueged its non-Chrome users to "Upgrade to a modern browser and see what this doodle can really do" and the link lead to a Google Chrome download page that suggested that Google doodles are best experienced on Google Chrome.
Google Chrome had recently overtaken long-time Web browser leader Microsoft's Internet Explorer in Web analytics company StatCounter's figures and Google actively showcases the prowess of its Web browser over the competition.
The interactive doodle that appears on the Google home page on Saturday shows the characters of the cult science fiction television series that aired on NBC in the US from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969 as letters of the Google logo and also lets you participate a little interactive tale, but there are no points to earn though.
The letter 'G' in the Google logo is Mr Spock, perhaps the most memorable character from the series. The first 'O' plays the character of Nyota Uhura and the second that of James T Kirk, the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise. The letter 'L' seems to resemble Hikaru Sulu.
The doodle opens in the bridge of the Starship Enterprise and then the second 'O' and the 'E' go out of the red door to the transporter room and the transporter beams them to an unfriendly planet where they are challenged by an alien. On defeating the enemy they return to the Enterprise. All this doesn't happen on its own, but you need to click your way through the doodle to make the action happen.
The iconic instrumental Theme from Star Trek by Alexander Courage continuously plays in the background. The doodle ends in classic Star Trek style with the USS Enterprise zipping past in the backdrop of stars and the Google letters appear in yellow.
The first doodle that Google posted to commemorate a television programme was on September 30, 2010 for the 50th Anniversary of the popular animated series The Flintstones.