Android is fun. His versions are called desserts, and Google often sprinkles small Easter eggs throughout. None is more popular than the Easter egg associated with each Android version, however, here is a bit of history.
What are these Easter eggs and how do you find them?
From Gingerbread, Google has put a hidden art work in the About Phone section. Since then, each version of Android has had its own little Easter egg – some related to the version, and some not so much.
To find Easter egg on your phone, go to Settings> About phone (or Settings> System> About phone on some devices) and tap the Android version number sometimes. Poof-a hidden screen appears with a clever little something-or-something out there. On some versions, it's just an image. On others, it can be a game. Regardless of what is there, it is just fun .
Here is a preview of what Google has proposed on different versions of past years.
Android 2.3, Gingerbread: Zombies and a Zombie Cookie
This work of art is confusing, terrifying and absolutely wonderful. Featuring a handful of zombies and a zombie spice man next to a small, happy Bugdroid, we all feel very satisfied and completely confused at the same time. This is the best way to introduce a new feature.
Android 3.0, Honeycomb: Bzzzzz
The Honeycomb logo is still, to this day, my favorite of all Android logos. The bee form factor (are bees considered as a form factor?) Works so well for the Bugdroid, and the colorscheme is very fast becoming too. It's a great Easter egg. Watch him shine.
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich: Nyan Ice Cream Sandwich
The Ice Cream Sandwich logo is a Bugdroid dressed as an ice cream sandwich. The Easter egg here seems to be nothing more than that – but this Easter egg actually hides its own Easter egg. By long pressing on it, the Bugdroid gets bigger and when it reaches its full capacity, the screen fills with Ice Cream Sandwich Bugdroids flying, seeming to pay homage to Nyan Cat. Good time.
This feature film turned out to be the beginning of many other Easter eggs hidden in 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? Hit that little guy. Suddenly, he gets a face and an antenna! But wait, there is more: long press. A small "game" based on Jelly Bean appears, where you can throw beans anywhere on the screen without any real reason. Cool.
Android 4.4, KitKat: break me a piece of that
Android KitKat marked the first time that Google has partnered with a real confectionery manufacturer – in this case, Nestle – to promote a version of Android. It was a big deal at the time, and to date the biggest revelation that Google has ever made by releasing a new version of Android. Everyone thought it would be called Key Lime Pie, so the wrong direction was amazing.
The Easter egg itself, however, is not great – it starts with a simple "K" that turns when you pat it. A long press reveals the "Android" in a KitKat style logo, and a tribute to past versions when you long press this logo. It's like an Easter egg inside an Easter egg inside an Easter egg.
Android 5.x, Lollipop: Flappy Droid
The Lollipop Easter egg begins with, well, a circle. Tapping it turns into a lollipop (he says even in the middle). But by pressing long on this small apparently innocent lollipop, we discover a much darker game lodged below.
Do you remember Flappy Bird ? You know, the game in which people broke their phones out of frustration, before the developer tore it off forever . Well, that's it, but with a bugdroid flying through the pacifiers instead. How "fun".
Android 6.x, Marshmallow: Flappy Droid, Redux
Flappy Bird was really popular, so Google thought why not use it again? And that's exactly what happened with Marshmallow. Only with marshmallows instead of lollipops. Oh, but this time, there was a multiplayer-typing + up that allowed you to add up to six people. It sounds like absolute chaos.
Just like the older versions of Android, you had to jump through a few hoops to access this little game: first press the M logo, then long press the marshmallow when it appears.
Android 7.x, Nougat: Erm, Cats?
Do you know what goes with nougat? Cats. At least that's what Google thought, so The Nougat Easter Egg is arguably the strangest of all – it's essentially a collection of cats.
The Easter egg is initially just an N; press it and it blinks. Press and hold on and display an emoji cat at the bottom of the screen.
This basically made a new quick settings tile that allows you to place treats to attract cats. Then you can collect these cats. No idea why really, but when this version fell, I was addicted to collecting these stupid cats. And I do not even like cats.
Android 8.x, Oreo: Cookies and an Octopus
The Oreo Easter egg is very interesting because it makes about as much sense as, well, cats in Nougat. It starts as an Oreo cookie – the Oreo logo – but by squeezing it long reveals … an octopus? It just floats around the screen looking at all weird (although it is reminding me of an Oreo), but you can catch it by the head and throw it everywhere. It stretches when you do this, which can be the weirdest thing about this Easter egg.
Android?.?, P: ??
Since Android P is still in its developer development stages (and Google holds version numbers / code names near its chest), we have no idea what will be the one -this. For now, it's just a colorful P, which is arguably the best type of P.
There is no doubt that Easter eggs have become more fun (and more interesting) over the years, and that of Android P should, I hope, keep pace . I can not wait to see what that turns out to be.