Each version of Android since Gingerbread (Android 2.3) has included an Easter egg, which is always accessed in the same way. The Easter eggs in the latest versions are becoming more complex, with animations and interactivity.
Android’s Easter eggs pay tribute to nyan cat, Tron, zombies, and jelly beans. Each Easter egg is themed to fit with the Android version’s release name.
Accessing Android’s Easter Eggs
To access the Easter egg in your version of Android, open the Settings screen and tap About phone or About tablet at the bottom of the screen.
Locate Android’s version number on the about screen and quickly tap it several times. The Easter egg will appear. Look for “Firmware version” instead of “Android version” on Gingerbread.
Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
Jelly Bean’s Easter egg is a large, red jelly bean. Tap it with your finger and a face will appear.
Long-press the jelly bean and an interactive jelly bean mini-game will appear. A cluster of jelly beans will float around the screen. You can move them around and swipe them off the screen with your finger. This game will never end (unless your battery dies).
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
Ice Cream Sandwich’s Easter egg is a pixel-art Android wearing an ice cream sandwich.
Long-press the android and a swarm of androids wearing ice cream sandwiches will start flying across the screen.
This is a tribute to the popular “nyan cat” Internet meme, where a pixelated pop-tart cat flies through space trailed by a rainbow. It’s been dubbed “nyan-droid” by Android fans.
Honeycomb (Android 3)
Honeycomb’s Easter egg also includes art inspired by its code name – a honeybee, in this case. The honeybee is electric blue, in the style of Honeycomb’s other interface elements.
Many people noticed that Android 3’s theme seemed inspired by Tron: Legacy, so it’s no surprise that Honeycomb’s Easter egg includes a Tron reference. The honeybee produces a word bubble with the text “REZZZZZZZ…”. “Rezzing” is a term for creating something in Tron.
Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
Gingerbread’s Easter egg is a zombie-themed painting with a zombie gingerbread man. While the zombified gingerbread man appears to be scary at first, the android doesn’t appear perturbed – in fact, all the zombies appear to be standing around using (Android?) phones.
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- Published 08/7/12