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Android Q Easter egg shows up in Beta 6 on the Essential Phone

What you need to know

  • Android Q Beta 6 started rolling out earlier this week.
  • On the Essential Phone, the latest beta includes an all-new Easter Egg for Android Q.
  • Interestingly, the Easter egg doesn't appear on Google's own Pixel devices.

This past Wednesday right before the Galaxy Note 10 announcement, Google started rolling out Android Q Beta 6. In addition to Google's Pixel phones, owners of the Essential Phone were also treated to the beta on the very day it was made public. Now, we're seeing that those users have something their Pixel-touting friends don't — a brand-new Android Q Easter egg.

Up until now, all past Android Q betas have included Pie's Easter egg of the psychedelic P logo with tons of vibrant colors surrounding it. However, Essential Phone owners rocking Beta 6 have noticed that this has been replaced by an "Android 10" logo on a black and gray background. You can move the logo around with your fingers, and as seen in the above screenshots, you can adjust the 1 and 10 so that they form the Q logo Google's been using in Android Q's marketing.

Along with this, repeatedly tapping the logo screen reveals a Picross puzzle. When you complete the puzzle, you'll be treated to a pixelated version of an Android system icon. In the example below, the solution to the puzzle is Android's volume up indicator.

Interestingly enough, the Easter egg has only been spotted on Android Q Beta 6 for the Essential Phone. So far, it doesn't appear to be present on the new beta for any of Google's Pixel phones.

In any case, we're expecting the final version of Android Q to be dropped at any minute now. Google's confirmed that the final build will be ready before Q3 is over, meaning we only have to wait until the end of September at the very latest.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • WTF Google? Just WTF?
  • Essential Phone! FTW! 😎 I can't make the 1 turn diagonal like that. I have an ugly "Q" 😁