Did you know about the Easter eggs found in some of the more popular Android apps?


If you open one of those heavy, page-rich dictionaries on the "Easter egg" entry (or act appropriately for the current century and ask Google), you'll quickly discover that apart from decoration, Easter eggs are also "unexpected or undocumented features in a piece of computer software or on a DVD, included as a joke or a bonus". Due to their very nature, these might seem quite mundane to the uninitiated, but those who get the joke might snigger quietly for quite some time afterwards.

Each version of Android, in particular, has an Easter egg well hidden into the About section of the device, and the latest one - the Android 5.0 Lollipop, to be exact - is quite funny. Then again, with the amount of Android-powered smartphones that exist out there in the wild, these are relatively well-known. Yet, Google Play houses well over a billion apps now, and a lot of the more popular among these sport a hidden gem or two.

We delved in a bit and collected some of the most interesting Easter eggs that are hidden in some of the more popular Android apps and services. Check them out below and tell us which is your favorite one!

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12 Comments

1. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Awesome! Just tried out the Google play games as well as the Google Chrome tabs and they are totally awesome!~

4. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

for those who cant find easter egg in play games, try swiping up up down down left right left right. (instead of down down up up)

2. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i LOVE Easter!!!!

3. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Are you using Tinted Status Bar?

11. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

No, Flat Style Colored Bars. Tinted Status Bar doesn't work with many apps, whereas Flat Style is yet to disappoint me.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Alright, I always read about Google Easter Eggs, what about Windows or iOS? Do they have any secret treasures like those listed above? Or is Google the only company that allows it's programmers to have a little fun. Anyone else remember the article about Google Rick Rolling Android Police with their YouTube code? http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/06/google-just-rickrolled-me-via-an-apk-teardown-and-im-not-even-mad/

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Good question. Wiki has some listed... Now....this might be a legit case of biased reporting...lol. Might be that Google just does it more or more often. Like on their search engine home page on desktops they always change the letters in Google to something. Like now there is a clip on the home page, something about Berlin. Or like when bidding for some patents, Google bid pi http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/02/google-bids-pi-for-nortels-wireless-patent-stash-brings-comedy/ Google strikes me as a company that is probably really fun to work for.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude! Thank you for the article! I never read about this before! That's the funniest damn thing I've read all day. Companies shelling out billions of dollars on acquisitions and Google is just f***king around. "Either they were supremely confident or they were bored."

6. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Pitchfork is not working for me :(

7. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Make sure you have an "s" at the end and there's a "/" in the beginning. It's "/pitchforks"

10. RandomKindOfPerson

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Actually, the Konami code is " Up, Up, Down, Down " , not the reverse.

12. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Well, yes, the Konami code is up, up, down, down, but it's the other way around in Google Play Games.

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