We can't exactly say that hell has frozen over here, as Google
has actually went against its unofficial no-ad policy at least once
before. But then again, that whole ordeal was something entirely different than this. We've known that the search engine giant (and now operating system contender) has been looking into the TV ad business
for some time, but it has yet to come forward with a splash as big as the one you'll probably see tonight. That is, if you're watching the single biggest sporting event of the US sporting calendar.
If rumors are correct, Google will air a Super Bowl ad of their own tonight. It will be a 30 second spot, and it will likely air during the 3rd quarter of play. The Super Bowl is one of those weird events where the public actually looks forward to watching the ads, and this year looks to be a great one for geeks. Google won't be the only Super Bowl ad related to consumer electronics; Intel is also planning a commercial of their own, but that one has yet to leak.
This ad, as is typical of Google, is really simple. It's as far from flashy as an ad could be, but it's incredibly hard to look away from. Simple yet engrossing, and it works. It tugs at the heartstrings, and it spells out in 30 seconds exactly why we personally have fallen in love with Google over the years. Have a look below if you're into spoilers; otherwise, just wait for the ad to roll naturally tonight on CBS.