Android Easter eggs: the best software surprises over the years

Android Easter eggs: the best software surprises over the years

Google has hidden Easter eggs inside its Android operating systems for many years. Our favorite OS has brought surprises with each of its iterations and we've gathered them here in a retrospective running from Android Gingerbread all the way up to Android 10.

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Android 10 Easter egg

Android 10 is official and the first to enjoy it were Google Pixel owners as usual. Other brands, however, have begun the release of the new update which, unlike the previous versions, says no to sugary treats and is presented simply as Android 10, without any dessert name.

Despite the change in the name, Android 10 also does not give up its Easter egg. Google presents a seemingly trivial screen that shows the wording android 10, with the numbers in the foreground. But interactivity is not lacking: you can, in fact, move the numbers and the word android to any point on the screen.

Press on numbers and letters to move them around the screen. / © NextPit

Android 9.0 Pie Easter egg

Android 9.0 Pie was released by Google in October 2018 together with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. Although Android 10 has already been released, many smartphones are still waiting to receive the Pie update.

The easter egg of this version hides something interesting. In addition to displaying the Android Pie logo with hypnotic colors, it is possible to find a fun Microsoft Paint style drawing program. Just press and hold the "P" button several times to get access to it!

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Let yourself be hypnotized by the new easter egg. / © NextPit

Android 8.0 Oreo Easter egg

When the first Developer Preview of Android 8.0 was made available, one of the first things we checked for was the presence of an Easter egg. There was, indeed, an Easter egg in the first three Developer Previews of Android Oreo, but it wasn't anything new. It was the same Easter egg as from Android 7.0 Nougat, allowing you to leave food out in an empty dish to attract cats. Now that the fourth preview is out, we find that there's a new Easter egg.

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If you tap the Android version number (in Settings > About phone), you'll see this screen. Tap away to get the Easter egg! / © NextPit

The new Easter egg features a blue screen with a black octopus floating around. The octopus has an (Easter) egg-shaped head, which you can drag around the screen if you want to, and his eight (think Android 8.0) legs will follow. While this isn't the most engaging little feature, it's a nice addition.

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The Android O octopus Easter egg. / © Android Police

Android 7.0 Nougat Easter egg

Android 7.0 Nougat features an Easter egg where your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attract cats to eat plates of food you serve up. Yes, it's actually true - we couldn't make this stuff up if we wanted to. You can set this up as follows:

  • Go to the Settings menu
  • Scroll to About phone
  • Tap on the Android version until the N appears on the screen
  • The cat emoji should appear directly underneath the N
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See the cat? Then you're all set to go. / © NextPit

When the cat's head appears, this means you've successfully activated the Nougat Easter egg. You're not finished yet, as there are a few more steps to complete:

  • Open your quick settings menu (drag down from the top of your display twice)
  • Tap on Edit
  • Drag the new icon Empty dish to your notifications bar.
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No Flappy Bird this time - not unless you count the chicken. / © NextPit

Now you'll be able to attract cats. To do this, tap on Empty dish to select the bait of your choice, and wait. When a cat comes to the dish, you'll be notified. You can even give the cat a name and share it with your friends. The cats will disappear after a while. 

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You have a visitor. / © NextPit

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Easter egg

Android 6.0 Marshmallow features another Flappy Bird-inspired mini-game as its Easter egg, only this time, you must navigate through the lollipops to get the marshmallows at the end of them. It's still a frustratingly difficult game; access it by tapping your device's software version until a Marshmallow appears and then long-press it.

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Marshmallow's Easter egg also featured a Flappy Bird-like game. / © NextPit

Android 5.0 Lollipop Easter egg

For the Android 5.0 Lollipop Easter egg, Google took inspiration from a pop culture phenomenon of the time, which was Flappy Bird. Tapping the software version will produce a flying Bugdroid that you must guide between Lollipop obstacles. It's an infuriating game that plays very similar to Flappy Bird. 

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Lollipop's Flappy Bird-inspired Easter egg. / © NextPit

Android 4.4 KitKat Easter egg

Android 4.4 KitKat's Easter egg paid homage to all of the past versions of Android. Go to Settings > About phone and tap the Android version several times. A spinning letter K will appear which you can tap and hold to reveal the KitKat logo. Tap and hold that and a board of colored tiles featuring the logos of past Android versions will be revealed.

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Tap and hold on the KitKat sign to reveal the brightly colored tiles and images. / © NextPit

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Easter egg

Devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be greeted by a huge smiling red jelly bean in this version's Easter egg. Access it the same way as the others and long press on the giant jelly bean to flood your displays with more beans. Swipe these to fling them in any direction.

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Fling Android Jelly Beans around the display. / © NextPit

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Easter egg

Do you remember Nyan Cat? The pixelated cat who travels to outer space on a rainbow? Well, Android paid tribute to the Internet's favorite feline friend with the Easter egg for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

After tapping on the Android version number several times, a pixelated Bugdroid will appear. When you tap and hold on this, a Nyan Cat-inspired animation will begin featuring 8-bit Nyandroids shooting up into space. Nice.

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The Ice Cream Sandwich Easter egg saw Google taking influence from Nyan Cat. / © NextPit

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Easter egg

Android 3.0 Honeycomb's Easter egg is far less scary than Gingerbread's but it's nonetheless strange. Go through the same steps as mentioned above to activate it, and what you will see is a neon bee. A square box will appear underneath the bee's stinger housing the word 'REZZZZZ'.

In the Tron universe – which the bee appears to be part of – ‘Rezzing’ is the term used for generating a person or object in its game grid. Quite why Google is riffing on Tron, we don't know.

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A neon bee because, why not? / © NextPit

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Easter egg

The Easter egg found in Android 2.3 Gingerbread is frightening. Featuring a hand-painted picture of a demonic, bow-tie wearing, yellow-eyed gingerbread man, a disconcerted Bugdroid and zombies, this first Easter egg is not only unsettling but strikingly different from Google's later attempts. Thankfully.  

To view this – as well as all of the other Easter eggs on our list – go into your device's Settings, choose About phone and tap on the Android version until the Easter egg appears. 

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Gingerbread? More like Ginger dead... / © NextPit

Did you know of all of these Easter eggs? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • With the Android 10 Easter Egg, if you keep tapping "Android" it slowly spins around. If you tap a few times then hold, "Android" will spin around quickly at first, then slow down.. Me thinks some Google Devs have too much time on their hands..

  • marco sarli
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    9 months ago Link to comment

    I am on 9. Missed some of them in the past. Nice to know

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