Android Easter Eggs: What They Are and How to Find Them
Who says developers don’t have a sense of humor? Android developers certainly do. Here’s a guide to finding the hidden gems within the Android OS.
“Easter eggs” are hidden symbols, messages and jokes worked into movies, books, paintings, video games and computer software—often intended as a little “reward” to viewers who are paying close attention or know where to look. And in fact, there’s probably an Easter egg in your Android device right now.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
One of the first Android Easter eggs appeared in the Gingerbread update. You’ll find it by going to Settings, then About phone, and then rapidly tapping on Android version until an image appears—a painting of the green Android mascot surrounded by a pack of zombies talking on cellphones and a scary gingerbread man with some frightening teeth.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Next to make an Easter egg appearance was a robotic bee-like Android robot in Honeycomb. This one can also be found following the Settings > About device > Android version path described for the previous egg. Do some quick tapping, and the bright blue Android bee will pop up on your screen with a speech bubble that says “REZZZZZZZ.”
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
If you’re familiar with Nyan Cat—and more than 93 million views of the original video on YouTube suggest that you might be—then you may recognize the Android Easter egg that shows up in Ice Cream Sandwich. In case you missed it, the Nyan Cat phenomenon involves a crudely animated cat—well, half cat, half toaster pastry—flying across a starry sky with a rainbow contrail, set to Japanese pop music. In the Ice Cream Sandwich Easter egg, we get the “Nyandroid,” which is part Android robot, part classic ice cream sandwich. As with previous eggs, look for it under Settings, then select About, then tap repeatedly on the version information. Press and hold on the Nyandroid when he appears, and a flock of Nyandroids takes flight.
Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean
Any guess what Jelly Bean’s Easter egg involves? Yep, jelly beans, the Easter candy staple. Follow the same procedure you used for finding the other Android Easter eggs, and you’ll discover a giant smiling jelly bean that, when pressed, turns into a whole floating mess o’ jelly beans that can be flicked off the screen. If you have Android 4.2, once you’ve discovered the Easter egg, you can then access the jelly-bean-filled screen through the Daydream feature under your Display settings. Just select your display option, then Daydream, then BeanFlinger.