What Google Easter Egg hid in Android Q

Android Q Google is very fond of Easter eggs. So, for example, the company, in conjunction with various holidays and major (or even small) events, regularly integrates various games or hidden messages into its search engine for both desktop and mobile platforms. Another such, which has already become a traditional Easter egg, appears in each new version of the Android mobile OS. That the search giant has concealed from for us this time, we will tell under the cut.

To get started, let’s go a little deeper into the story and remember how Google and its desserts in the face of new versions of Android surprised us in previous times. Desserts, by the way, because the company once considered that it would be fun to call each new version of Android a name of some kind of sweets. So, for example, we already had Apple Pie (apple pie), KitKat (chocolate bar), Lollipop (lollipop), Oreo (cookie), Cupcake (cake), Marshmallow (marshmallow) and so on. And this, in my opinion, is really cool.

What easter eggs were on Android

Android Q
Android Q

So, you probably remember how in Android Lollipop we found one of the most memorable Easter eggs, which was a mini-game that very much resembled the hit one in those days Flappy Bird. In Flappy Bird, the player needed to control a small bird using tapas on the screen and fly around obstacles, trying to score as many points as possible (obstacles completed). To say that this game was a hit is to say nothing. People literally had blisters on their fingers from many hours of trying to set another record in this very simple and at the same time extremely difficult game. That version of Flappy Bird, which Google embodied in Lollipop, was identical in mechanics and level structure to the original, but made in its own design, unique for the current version of Android at that time.

The original Flappy Bird, by the way, gained such huge success among the players that at one time it brought its creator Dong Nguyen a daily income of $ 50,000. Subsequently, Dong Nguyen removed his game from all application stores, explaining that the game had too many clones.

Android Q
Android Q

Something I digress. Google has pleased us with another memorable Easter egg in the current version of Android, which is already the ninth in a row and has the tasty word Pie in the name. Since Pie starts with the letter P (and for this reason Android Q should be named after some dessert that starts with the letter Q), on the hidden screen with the Easter message we are greeted by a large letter P surrounded by multi-coloured rings moving in a mesmerizing way. After clicking on the screen, a drawing application is loaded, in which you can draw a masterpiece with your finger, using up to eight different colours for this.

How to find an easter egg in Android Q

In Android Q, in my opinion, the Easter egg was not as interesting as in the cases described above, .. but it’s still an easter egg. For example, I love all these things to the point of madness and rejoice every time I find something like that. By the way, owners of Essential Phone smartphones were able to find this Easter egg (these are the ones that Android creator Andy Rubin released). For some reason, a new Easter egg can be detected in the beta version of Android Q only on these smartphones. If, suddenly, you are a rare owner of the Essential Phone, which is unique in many senses, then to get to the Easter screen you need to go to Settings > About phone , find the Android Version field there, tap on it once, and in the window that opens with the Android version, click on the version number several times until the treasured Easter egg opens.

Android Q
Android Q

Here, as you can see in the screenshots, everything is somewhat ascetic: a two-color background of diagonal lines, on top of which a stylized Android logo with the number 10 is superimposed (we are used to that this version of Android is called Q, but do not forget that it It is also the tenth in a row and therefore bears the official name Android 10). If you double-tap the numbers, they become animated and turn not into elegant shorts, of course, but into the very letter Q. At this moment, the lines in the background also begin to move, and if you continue to click on the screen, a nonogram will start (Japanese puzzle) in which you need to paint certain squares in black, focusing on the numbers on the side. As soon as all the correct cells become dark, a hidden picture will appear. hamariwib

Android Q
Android Q
Android Q

That’s all. As I said, you need a special phone to activate this Easter egg. Therefore, if you are not the owner of a rare Essential Phone, then, alas, you are in flight. On other devices, including smartphones of the Pixel line, unfortunately, it will not work to solve the secret nonogram.