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This is the Android M Easter egg

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If there's one thing that Google absolutely loves, that would be Easter eggs. Dozens of them, including silly mini games, quirky animations, and geek culture references, can be found in many of Google's apps and services. Android is not an exception. In fact, there are at least 10 Android Easter eggs that we know of, and their number just grew larger with the announcement of Android M.

For those of you who are new to Android Easter eggs, something hidden is revealed when one goes to Settings > About in their Android device's menu and taps on "Android Version" repeatedly. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, for example, the Easter egg is a Flappy Bird-like mini game featuring Android's mascot. An animation of Nyan Cat floating through space was chosen to be Android 4.0's little secret. The Android M Easter egg, however, is quite a bit less exciting.

We know that as we just loaded the Android M developer preview on our Nexus 6 smartphone. The Easter egg featured in it is a simple notification message displaying the now-popular shrug smiley.

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But we're pretty sure that the final release of Android M, scheduled to launch in Q3 of 2015, will feature a different Easter egg – one that's more creative and more fun. At least that's was the case with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Easter egg in its preview build was a meaningless reference to Material Design, while the final Lollipop release featured the aforementioned mini game. Whatever Google's team comes up with, we'll see it in a few long months.

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