Android is fun. Its versions are named after desserts, and Google often sprinkles little Easter eggs throughout. None are more popular than the Easter egg associated with each Android version, however, so here’s a bit of history.
What Are These Easter Eggs and How Do You Find Them?
Starting with Gingerbread, Google put a hidden piece of art in the About Phone section. Since then, every version of Android has had its own little Easter egg—some related to the version, and others not so much.
To find the Easter egg on your phone, go to Settings > About Phone (or Settings > System > About Phone on some devices) and tap the Android version number a handful of times. Poof—a hidden screen shows up with a nifty little something-or-other there. On some versions, it’s just a picture. On others, it may be a game. Regardless of what’s there, it’s just fun.
Here’s a look at what Google has offered over the various versions of past years.
Android 2.3, Gingerbread: Zombies and a Zombie Cookie
This piece of art is puzzling, terrifying, and absolutely wonderful. Featuring a handful of zombies and a zombie gingerbread man next to a happy little Bugdroid leaves us all feeling utterly satisfied and completely confused at the same time. This is the best way to introduce a new feature.
Android 3.0, Honeycomb: Bzzzzz
Honeycomb’s logo is still, to this day, my favorite of all the Android logos. The bee form factor (are bees considered a form factor?) works so well for the Bugdroid, and the colorscheme is very becoming as well. This is a great Easter egg. Just look at him glow.
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich: Nyan Ice Cream Sandwich
The Ice Cream Sandwich logo is a Bugdroid dressed like an ice cream sandwich. The Easter egg here appears to be nothing more than that—but this Easter egg in fact hides its own Easter egg. Long-pressing it makes the Bugdroid bigger and when he reaches full capacity, the screen fills with flying Ice Cream Sandwich Bugdroids, appearing to pay tribute to Nyan Cat. Good times.
This long-press feature turned out to be the start of many more Easter eggs hidden within Easter eggs.
Android 4.1-4.3, Jelly Bean: Beans, Beans, Everywhere, but Not a Bite to Eat
Entering Jelly Bean’s Easter egg exposes a huge, red bean. Boring, right? Tap that little guy. Suddenly it gets a face and antenna! But wait, there’s more: long-press it. A little Jelly Bean-based “game” appears, where you can fling beans all over the screen for no real reason. Cool.
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