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Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 actually comes with an awesome Easter Egg

Earlier, we said there was no new easter egg in the Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5. We were totally wrong; sorry about that.

In our defense, though, this thing is pretty hard to spot. In fact, the entire game — if one can call it that — is basically a giant test of patience.

What is the new Easter Egg?

Like previous incarnations of the Android Easter Egg, to activate the new one you must open Settings, head to About phone, find the Android version number and tap several times until a cartoon "N" appears.

Unlike the last few versions, though, tapping several times on that cartoon depiction doesn't enter a game (which is a Flappy Bird knock-off in Android 6.0 Marshmallow), but if you press and hold the N it shows a small cat emoji underneath. Tapping that again reveals a "No entry" emoji, which is, earlier, where we thought it ended.

Turns out that's just the beginning. Once that "No entry" emoji is present, swipe down your notification quick settings, tap Edit and find the ???? Android Easter Egg quick setting then drag it to your quick settings.

After it's moved, tapping on the new "Empty dish" quick setting toggle begins a game where you have to entice a cat to feed from an empty plate using either "Bits," "Fish," "Chicken," or "Treats." Should a feline take the bait, which isn't guaranteed, you'll receive a notification with a cat and a number. Tapping on it reveals a new window with a smiling cartoon cat that, when long-pressed, can be shared as an image.

Android Nougat Easter Egg

That's it?

Yep, that appears to be it. The game draws inspiration from the popular Japanese cat "collector" game, Neko Atsume (opens in new tab). The word "neko" also happens to be Japanese for "cat," which keeps with the N theme of the latest Android version.

It's a cute, creative, and well-hidden Easter Egg. Kudos, Google.

Thanks to Blake Bryant for providing us with initial screenshots and cats.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

39 Comments
  • lol. winning ain't easy but Blake had to do it.
  • ...defense***** Posted via HTC 10
  • I'm Canadian. That said, you are not wrong. http://grammarist.com/spelling/defence-defense/
  • Mine says namey mcnameface Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's last months build. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yea I updated again and got the kitty Posted via the Android Central App
  • No update here for me. Which is very odd. Last update I got within a day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pancakes Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mmm... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ah, everything is now right with the world Posted via the Android Central App
  • Meanwhile, my Turbo's still waiting on Marshmallow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well you got the wrong phone.. what did you expect buying a Verizon branded phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've been saying the same Damn thing to people when the turbo was new can't say I didn't warn em Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • Sounds better than those silly bouncy things that i could never get through even one gate in the previous ones..
  • Haha, gotcha! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Android Neko confirmed as true Android 7.0 name. Although I guess calling a cat a "tasty" treat would be looked down upon by most. This is the best Easter egg ever. I really do wish it was called Android Neko now and apparently someone on the Google team thinks so too Posted via the Android Central App
  • What you have never had Chinese food? That's good eatin right there Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cool I guess. #TeamFrosty Nexus 6[P]okemon Central
  • I've got nougat wedged between my teeth...let me floss with an Apple, chew with an edge...its the Priv in me.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Would you like a marlin or some sailfish with that? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes give it to me Rome Vienna style Posted via the Android Central App
  • Necco Wafers? Could that have been an optional name? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ha I never thought about that. That would have been interesting either a cat shaped like a wafer treat or just actually Neko (Nico?) Candies or wafers. It's key lime pie all over again Posted via the Android Central App
  • Part of me feels like this isn't where the Easter egg ends.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was thinking the same... Maybe seasonal stuff appearing I thought..
  • I wish they would have gone with 'Nutter Butter' as Android N name It justs sounds fun ! Kenny
  • They probably didn't want to have to negotiate such a deal. Although, having said that, what I want to see when Android S comes around is them to cut a deal to call it Swiss Cake Roll. Now that's a snack food worthy of the Android treatment. Come on, Google, you've got five years to work out the details. Make it happen!
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  • does it take time for the notification to appear? I've tried every different choice a couple times and nothing happens
  • Yes. It's a waiting game, if one appears at all. I have yet to get a taker for the Chicken. (I'm also starting to think this game might be a silent battery drainer.)
  • Of course it drains battery. They wanted to provide the full Pokemon Go experience.
  • Awesome I came from the gutta, now it's all butta
  • Android Nyan Cat. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is really cute! Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 via the Android Central App
  • Still haven't gotten the latest OTA update Posted via the Android Central App
  • On my Nexus 9 it says Name McNameface on the large N. I thought that was hilarious! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will definitely update..... :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have 7 or 8 cats now coming to me for food, none came for a treat - bits, chicken, or fish have worked, just not treats. Had a couple of repeat cats too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love easter eggs! Even when making apps for my school work I always include one! :D so much fun. A droid a day keeps the Apple away