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Android 4.2 has a hidden Jelly Bean Daydream

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Android 4.2 has a hidden Jelly Bean Daydream
Yesterday, we told you about a new feature of Android 4.2 called Daydream, which is essentially a screensaver for your Android phone or tablet that is triggered when you set your device to charge, or place it in a dock. Well, it turns out that Google (as it often does) has hidden a big of an Easter egg in the form of a special Jelly Bean Daydream.

This new Daydream is unlocked after you go to checkout one of Google's standard Android Easter eggs: the version art. Ever since Android 2.3 Ginger Bread, if you go to Settings>About device and tapped repeatedly on the Android version number, you'd get the version art. Gingerbread had a gingerbread zombie, Honeycomb had the Android bee, Ice Cream Sandwich had the Android Nyan cat, and Jelly Bean has the floating jelly beans (and singular candy cane). 

It turns out that after you check out the version art Easter egg in Android 4.2, a new Daydream is unlocked which allows your device to display the floating jelly beans when charging/docked. Even better is that this Daydream is interactive, and you can fling the beans. The lack of interactivity was something that disappointed us about the other Daydreams. 


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posted on 15 Nov 2012, 16:45 1

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1220; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Ooh, nice!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 16:48 6

2. nwright94 (unregistered)


I read it as bean flicker for a second. That would be something entirely different haha.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:04 4

3. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 805; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Tsk, nwright, this is a family website! lol

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:22 7

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2662; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I knew there was a reason I was avoiding that phrase

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 17:43 1

5. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


lmao good one

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 21:59

6. bluinferno (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Currently have Galaxy Nexus running 4.1.1 and this daydream is active on my phone. Tapped the version and when the large jelly bean shows up, keep finger pressed on the screen for a second.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 22:08 2

7. andynaija (Posts: 455; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


I never knew there was Easter egg in gingerbread until today! Just tried it!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 22:09

8. Dubskillz (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Htc is the only manufacturer who has disabled the tapping function! You won't be getting jack ish with them, you'll just be tapping away....

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 00:19

9. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Nice it is the same on my galaxy Nexus who is also running jelly bean. Not really something new but its cool

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:14

10. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


I just tried it, and I didn't unlock the daydream after simply viewing the easter egg. I had to hold down on the screen for a second until I felt a vibration. At which point I saw jelly beans all over the screen that were interactive. It was then that I had unlocked the daydream

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 21:24

11. jtbrown3 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


One BIG issue with the Daydream feature is that LED notifications are automatically turned 'off' while Daydream is active. If it wern't for this bug, Daydream would be an excellent 'screensaver' like feature that allows us to quickly just 'touch' the screen to activate the phone while docked or charging. Fix this Google!

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