Android Easter Eggs
For years Google have included Easter eggs or hidden features in each version of Android. In the early days it began with hidden images but has progressed onto interactive images and mini-games. Essentially it’s the developers just having a bit of fun but as long as they continue to do so we’ll keep searching for them! Take a look through the list below to see how these have progressed through time.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
This is where is all started. Not much to see in this one but, to be fair, it was early days.
Navigate to Settings > About Phone and then just tap away at the Android Version and this disturbing image will appear in front of your eyes. It seems to be some form of demonic Gingerbread man next to Bugdroid with an army of Zombified white collar workers chatting away on mobiles. Makes perfect sense.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Inspired by the film Tron: Legacy this futuristic glowing bee will respond with the word REZZZZZZZZZ in s speech bubble when you tap on it. Apparently this is a reference to ‘Rezzing’ in the movie which means ‘to create an object’, we’ve never seen the movie so we can’t guarantee the accuracy of this!
Again, navigate to Settings > About Phone and tap away on Android Version until the bee appears.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s Easter egg shows a simple graphic of Bugdroid combined with an Ice Cream Sandwich. Long-pressing it makes the Bugdroid bigger and when he reaches full capacity, the screen fills with flying Ice Cream Sandwich Bugdroids, possibly paying tribute to Nyan Cat, the YouTube sensation of 2011. Check out the link here if you are interested.
Navigate to Settings > About Phone, and then tap away on Android Version until Bugdroid appears.
Android 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean
Same as the previous versions, take yourself to Settings > About Phone, and then tap multiple times on the Android Version until the Easter egg appears.
Tapping the Jelly Bean produces a smiley face but a long press gives you access to the mini game. Admittedly not the greatest game in the world. You can just fling around some small beans. This should also unlock the Daydream feature which is you can find under Settings > Display which gives you access to a choice of five screensavers.
Android 4.4 KitKat
Google’s link up with this well known chocolate brand makes it no surprise that this is reflected in the Easter egg. In the first stage you get a letter K that spins when you tap it. Long tap and you’ll see an Android logo in the same style as the KitKat brand. A long tap gives you a mini game consisting of different sized tiles bearing logos of previous versions of Android. Tap the tiles and watch them move around the board at random.
As before head over to Settings > About Phone, and then tap away on the Android Version box until the Easter egg appears.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
You should know the drill by now, navigate to Settings > About Phone, and then tap away times on the Android Version box until the Lollipop logo appears.
The first stage is just an image of the Android lollipop logo. Tapping the lollipop will make it change colour, nothing too interesting there. A long tap though is a different story! This brings up a mini-game similar to the classic, Flappy Bird, arguably one of the most frustrating games ever made. Tap the screen to go up, release to go down.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
We’re not implying that the designers were a little lazy with this one…..hang on a second, yes we are. It’s essentially the same as Android 5.0 Lollipop so just read the above section, replace lollipops with marshmallows and you are done.
The only other noticeable difference is a multi player mode where you can have up to six players tapping away on the screen at once which is utter chaos!
Android 7.0 Nougat
This one’s a bit trickier to find and produces a bizarre, never ending game. Start off as usual at Settings > About Phone, and then tap multiple times on the Android Version box until the Nougat logo appears. Keep tapping on the logo until a cat appears, disappears and your phone vibrates. Go back to the home screen, open the Quick Settings, tap the edit button, and then move the “???? Android Easter Egg” icon to the Quick Settings menu.
Tap that new icon to get a selection of food to feed a cat. Tap the desired item. Eventually, this will attract a virtual cat that you catch and collect. You can rename, share, delete, or collect as many cats as you like, there is an endless amount.
Android 8.0 Oreo
Back to the usual way of revealing the Easter egg after the complexity of Android 7. Navigate to Settings > About Phone, and tap multiple times on the Android Version until the Oreo logo appears.
A long tap on the Oreo cookie reveals an Octopus that just floats around the screen. You can drag him round the screen and stretch him out but that’s about it. We can’t deny that we were a little disappointed with this one.
Android 9.0 Pie
Revealing this Easter egg will initially give you a psychedelic letter P. A long tap on the P should take you to a rudimentary drawing app which passes a few moments of time. It’s a bit like a really poor version of Microsoft Paint for your phone.
Navigate to Settings > About Phone, but this time you need to tap away on on the number 9 in the version box to reveal the drug fuelled P.
Android 10 (Q?)
We were looking forward to ‘Android 10 – Queen of Puddings’ (look it up if you’ve never had one, you can thank us later) but sadly Google chose to drop the dessert style names for this version. That said, this is our favourite of all the Easter eggs.
Open up Settings > About Phone and tap the Android Version. Now tap away on the 10 until the Android 10 logo appears. Rearrange the 10 in to a Q by dragging and rotating the 1. You rotate it by tapping on the screen or holding it down to make it spin. It should snap into position and from there just tap on the Q a few times to open the nonogram mini-game. If you don’t know what a nonogram is then get searching. It’s bizarrely addictive!
This time around we have a throw back to Android 7’s Easter Egg as well as a nod towards the cult classic comedy film, This is Spinal Tap.
Open up Settings > About Phone and tap the Android Version until the dial appears. Move the dial around from dot 1 to 10 three times. On the third time you’ll be able to go all the way to 11 and a cat emoji will appear and the game is now ready. Head over to your power menu and tap on the three dot menu. Select ‘Add Controls’ followed by ‘See other apps’. Select ‘Cat Controls’ and then check all three of the control boxes followed by save.
You’ll now start attracting cats like a feline pied piper (see how we didn’t go down the pu**y magnet route!). Just make sure you keep filling up your food and water to attract more cats.