It’s been a while since Android got a real Easter egg with a new software update. Do you remember when Google added Marshmallows mini-game Flappy Bird? We’re getting a new game for Android 11, and like Android Nougat, it’s about the infamous Android Neko cat.
Google is apparently a big fan of the Neko Atsume virtual pet game because they again added an Easter egg that was heavily inspired by it. It’s very similar to the one in Android Nougat, but this time it uses the revised power menu in Android 11. And unlike earlier versions, there’s more to it than just tapping the version number several times ̵
Step 1: Unlock the Easter Egg
As with all of Android’s Easter eggs, your Settings app will begin opening. Go to “About Phone” and select “Android Version”. From there, quickly tap the “Android Version” entry several times – you will finally see a light green watch face.
Turn the rotary knob clockwise three times, returning to its original position each time. The third time, you can go past the tenth point on the dial. At this point, you’ll see an “11” to the right of the watch face and a cat emoji in a toast message at the bottom of the page. You can now move on to the second step.
Step 2: Add the Cat Controls
Open the new On / Off menu by holding the On / Off button for a second, then selecting the three vertical dots next to the smart home buttons, then selecting “Add Controls”. If the Smart Home does not switch when you press the power button for a long time, make sure that “Device Control” is activated in the “Settings” -> “Gestures” -> “Power Supply” menu.
In the lower left corner of the next screen, select “Show Other Apps” then “Cat Controls”. Cat Controls has three new switches. So, check the boxes next to each to add them all to the power menu. After adding, select “Save”.
Step 3: take care of cats
Now go to the power menu again and tap the drop-down arrow next to the name of your Google homepage. From here, select “Cat Controls” to view the new switches you just added.
Now use the switches to attract a cat to your phone. You can swipe “Water Bubbler” to add varying amounts of water, tap “Toy” to put it on, or tap “Food Bowl” to feed it. Finally, after playing with these controls, an Android Neko cat will appear in a notification.
The warning is identified by a three-digit number with “Cat #”. Depending on your interaction, the cat will alert you with emoji to express their feelings. In my tests, I was able to get a happy and sad emoji.
That’s all. The cats appear in the conversation Section of the notification shadow so you can convert them to bubbles using the square icon in the lower left corner of the alert.
But you can’t really talk to the cat. If you select the cat, you can rename it. You can also attract multiple cats, and each one reacts differently depending on the action on the switches.
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