“There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages. There will not be crazy, flashy, graphical doodads flying and popping up all over the Google site. Ever.”
– Google Vice President of Search Product and User Experience Marissa Mayer, December 2005, Official Google Blog
Marissa Mayer and her emphatic statements don’t work at Google anymore. This isn’t the first time the company has advertised one of its own products on its homepage, but today’s Nexus 7 ad is the most egregious example.
It looks a lot like a banner ad. Or maybe a Google Doodle.
The whole thing links directly to a Nexus 7 product page on Google Play.
Some have reported that this is the first instance of an ad or animated ad on the Google home page, but this has actually become a pretty regular practice (and a previous ad for Google+ was animated, as well).