Jelly Bean Jelly Bean

Like ICS, Honeycomb and Gingerbread before it, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features a neat little "Easter egg" animation within the "About phone" and "About tablet" pages. On a Jelly Bean device like the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7, head to Settings > About phone and tap repeatedly on "Android version: 4.1" until you see the picture of the happy Jelly Bean guy filling the screen. Then long press on the middle of the screen, and you'll get a screen filled with more Jelly Beans, which you can fling around using your finger.

You'll also note the candy cane among the field of Jelly Beans. It doesn't always show up, but we've noticed it a couple of times already. We're not sure exactly why that's there, but it only seems to appear occasionally. (If you've got any wild theories, share 'em in the comments.)

Of course, all this stuff is still functionally useless, but it's a pretty cool visual treat regardless.

 

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Easter egg animation

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I thought it was just something nice that they wanted Apple to stick up their iOS a$$... Putting the Candy in Candied apple.

I don't think P will 12.2.

Maybe around the 6 or 7. Since Google seems to go 2-3 at a time with this name business every time they they go X.0 or X.X.0.

My theory: Though the Nexus 7 will drop with Jelly Bean installed and the Galaxy Nexus will be getting JB soon around Christmas time is when we will be getting the 5-7 JB Nexus devices WSJ was talking about earlier.

My first thought was also a hint at the next version being called "Kandy Kane". I actually like it better than "Key Lime Pie", which has been the running guess.

I would be really disappointed if they name it Kandy Kane. The term is "candy cane" and I truly don't understand why places/businesses see the need to change spellings in things like this. S to Z is another one. It just gets under my skin.

I've seen a daycare called Kidz Kare. Bleh. I can see the reason why you'd change the name from Care to Kare, because maybe you don't understand how alliteration works to begin with. The Z... no. Please. And all of that is negated by the fact that each word of "candy cane" starts with the same letter anyway!

<breathe> </rant>

tl;dr - I angrily hope not =P

I think that candy cane means, "Expect the 4th Generation Google Nexus Phone around the most wonderful time of the year."

Remember that Galaxy Nexus was revealed October and released in November???

Either that or Google is gonna pull something out of it's a$$ around Christmas that will have something to do with Nexus Family.

After all, they did hint that Nexus Q is he beginning of something big.

I want a different color jelly bean for each version, like 4.0, 4.0.4, 4.1, 4.1.2, 4.2, 4.2.1 (did I get them all?). Different flavors deserve different flavors, right?