The new app lets anyone with a smartphone or tablet compete to become a Pokémon Master.
The launch video states, "It's always been important to us to have the most qualified employees at Google. Now using the technology created by the google maps team, we've prepared the most rigorous test known to man to find the world's best Pokemon master."
You simply launch the Google Maps app and use the 'search' function. You'll see a new 'Press Start' option and a blue pokeball icon will launch you into your new quest to become like Ash Ketchum.
The Next Web gave it a go, and discovered that Professor Oak's lab is located at the CERN research facility in Switzerland, and as you explore the map, you'll see individual pokemon which you can then catch and add to your pokedex.
If it sounds farfetch'd, it's because sadly, it only exists because it's already April Fools' Day in Japan. You've only got until 2am PT to catch them all!
I guess we'll have to keep waiting a bit longer until we can finally leave Pallet town.