Easter Eggs can be everywhere; in programs, games, even in operating systems, such as Android. They are small, occasionally exciting secrets, well hidden in various spots. In this article, we will describe all Android Easter Eggs that Google ever created, and you will learn everything you need to know about Easter Eggs in general.
Table of Contents
- What are Easter Eggs?
- How to enable Android Easter Eggs
- Every Android Easter Egg ever
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- Did you have fun with Android Easter Eggs?
What are Easter Eggs?
An Easter Egg can be a hidden message or an interesting feature. We can see it as an inside joke between a creator and their fans.
Generally, on the internet and tech world, Easter Eggs are hidden elements that the developers incorporated in their software, as an extra feature or as a joke.
The name Easter Egg came from a Catholic Christian tradition, the egg hunting during Easter. According to this tradition, the parents hide decorated Easter eggs, and then the kids try to find the eggs.
Similarly in the tech world, with more or less hunting we can find interesting Easter Eggs in various programs.
For example, on an old Google Maps version, if you asked for instructions from "The Shire" to "Mordor" of Lord Of The Rings by feet, you would get a warning derived from its lore.
Google started hiding some interesting Easter Eggs after 2.3 Android version.
These range from a simple picture to a complete mini-game. Below we will see what these are and how to enable them.
How to enable Android Easter Eggs
The way to discover most Android Easter Eggs is through our phone's settings.
We go into settings and find "About the device" or "About your phone/tablet." This option varies depending on our Android version.
On the information about our device, we will find "Android Version," which in some devices is under "Software Information."
On the Android version entry, we press rapidly 4-5 times. This tap will make the Android Easter Egg appear.
Every Android Easter Egg ever
Every Android version has its secret. What would the fun be if they all shared the same?
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
The first Android version in which we saw an Easter Egg, was Gingerbread.
On that version, Google hid a painting with a gingerbread zombie.
With a quick glance, the painting will look scary, but after the original shock, we will notice that all the zombies are on the phone.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Android's Honeycomb version reminded us of Tron. Thus, it was expected the Easter Egg bee to have a similar style.
Under the bee, we can notice the message "REZZZZZZΖZ...," which doesn't only refer to a buzzing bee. It is inspired by the "Rezzing," where on Tron's world it is the term of creation.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Since this version, Google added movement to the Android Easter Eggs.
For example, on the 4.0 version, we can see Nyandroid, which is inspired by Nyan Cat.
If we long tap on the character, we will see it expanding, and there will be a lot of different copies flying on our screen similar to Nyan Cat.
Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
With this version, Google made the Android Easter Eggs interactive.
At first, we will see a red jelly bean, but if we tap a few times rapidly and then we long tap, we will see flying sweets on our screen.
Of course, the only thing we can do is just tap here and there.
Android 4.4 KitKat
On Android KitKat, the first image we will see is a "K." If we rotate it, we will see the word "Android" written as KitKat.
After that, a full screen appears with different size tiles, and we can push them to different directions.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
With Lollipop came the first actual game on Android Easter Eggs. This game is a lot like Flappy Bird.
In this version, we need to press the circle, which will transform into a lollipop and every time we hit it, the color changes.
But if we tap ten times in a row, and then we long tap on the screen, the game begins.
With the first press on the screen, we will initiate the game. Instead of a bird, we have an Android, and the obstacles are - what else - lollipops.
In case you were wondering, yes; it's just as annoying and punishingly hard as the original.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
When Marshmallow arrived, it didn't bring many changes. The game remained the same as Lollipop, but with different graphics.
The other difference is that the first image is a circle with the logo of the Android version.
When you press on the circle, the logo transforms into an Android head in the shape of a marshmallow.
We can enable the game the same way as we did on Lollipop.
Even though it's just as annoying, now we have 3 seconds to get ready.
Android 7.0 Nougat
The procedure changes for Android Easter Eggs on version 7.0.
We can make the Easter Egg appear in the same way. This time though, when we tap ten times in a row and then long tap on the "N" picture, an icon of a cat will appear.
If we tap on the icon, then we unlock the Android Neko game, in which our goal is to feed treats to a cat.
We can access the game from the notification bar.
We pull the bar downwards, and we choose "Edit." From there, we drag the icon of the cat with the rest of our shortcuts.
Now, we can open our notifications, choose the icon, and from the menu pick something to feed the cat.
The cat will eat anything we offer, and we get a notification that informs us which cat is here.
It might take hours for a cat to show up and it stays only for a while. But if we click on the notification, we can see it, and we can even share it with friends.
If we want to disable the game, we must follow the same procedure.
The difference now is that instead of a cat icon, we have a stop symbol. Once we tap on it, the app will be disabled.
Android 8.0 Oreo
The latest version of Android is Oreo, in which the first image is concentric circles.
If we tap on them, we will see an octopus in our screen. This octopus does literally nothing; we can only wiggle it around.
For sure after the previous Android Easter Egg versions, we expected much more from a wiggly octopus, but it will do for now. After all, the octopus has 8 feet and 0 hands, if you know what we mean.
Did you have fun with Android Easter Eggs?
We always like to solve mysteries. That's why we decided to gather all Android Easter Eggs and show them to you.
Do you search for hidden "eggs" in games, programs, movies or elsewhere? Do you like this type of tricks? Do you have inside jokes with your friends?
We couldn't help ourselves, so we hid one Easter Egg (or maybe more?) in this article. If you manage to find them, tell us in the comments.
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