Android L Easter Egg

‘Webdriver Torso’ Ends up Android L’s Easter Egg

June 26, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

In every rendition of Google’s Android operating system they bury a little treasure called an ‘Easter Egg.’  Believe me, these are not the chocolate eggs with the gooey centers of caramel or cream – but a surprise hidden content that one must figure out how to open up to see.  It can be hidden almost any place they chose – a video game, the DVD menu, website or an App.  Easter Eggs are generally a game, video clip, short animation or even a joke…just about anything those sick minds of Googlers can think up.  Google seems to love these little ‘gems’ and many times we find them throughout the year in the Google Search bar and let’s not forget the April Fool’s joke they throw in every year.  Google shows no signs of stopping these shenanigans anytime soon…I wonder if one person is hired to come up with these and just how much they get paid?

In Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, they included the Zombie Androidpocalypse.  To access this beautiful masterpiece, all you need is a phone still running Android 2.3.  Go to Settings -> About Phone, scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap “Android Version” twice.  Hopefully, you are not still using Gingerbread, but maybe you have an old device laying around.

In Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb (used on tablets) you will find the Tron, Legacy Bee.  To access this little Easter Egg you will need to find an old tablet running Honeycomb.  Go to Settings -> About and a picture of a bee with a speech bubble saying “REZZZZZZZ… ” will take over your screen.

Android 4.0, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich, will produce a screen of Nyandroids.  Go to Settings -> About, and keep tapping on the Android version number repeatedly until the Nyandroid appears.  Press and hold the figure and the animation of flying Nyandroids is activated.

In Android 4.1 – 4.3, known as Jelly Bean, you will find a Jelly Bean Mini-Game.  Go to Settings -> About and keep tapping on the Android version number until a picture of a large red jelly bean character appears and simply press and hold the jellybean until the mini-game appears on the screen.

Android 4.4 KitKat will give you an Easter Egg of KitKat Magic Tiles, although you will have to go through a couple screens to get there.  Go to Settings -> About and tap on the Android version number once again.  This will bring up a large ‘K’ and press and hold on that image and the red KitKat screen will appear…simply press and hold and up will come your Jelly Bean Mini Game.

In the newest version of Android ‘L’ you will be treated to the latest Easter Egg, the Webdriver Torso image.  Go to Settings -> About and tap on the Android version number a few times and you will see some random red and blue rectangles, as shown in the main image.  It is the same image that continued to show up on seemly pointless 11-second YouTube videos that Google eventually fessed up to having uploaded to the site…as for me, I’d rather have chocolate and caramel.