It’s been a while since Android got a real Easter egg with a new software update. Remember when Google added Marshmallow’s Flappy Bird-style mini-game? For Android 11, we get a new game, and like Android Nougat, it revolves around the infamous Android Neko cat.
Google is apparently a big fan of virtual pet games Neko Atsume, because they have once again added an Easter egg strongly inspired by it. It is similar to the one in Android Nougat, but this time it uses the renewed stream menu in Android 11. And unlike previous versions, there is more than just tapping the version number several times – this time there are steps.
Step 1: Unlock the Easter egg
As with all Android Easter eggs, it starts with opening your Settings app. Go to “About phone” and then select “Android version”. From there, you quickly press the “Android version” several times – eventually you will see a lime green dial.
Turn the knob clockwise three times and return to its original position each time. For the third time, you will be able to turn past the tenth point on the steering wheel, at which time you will see an “11” appear to the steering wheel on the right and a cat moji in a toast message at the bottom of the page. You are now ready to move on to the second step.
Step 2: Add the cat controls
Open the new power menu by pressing and holding the power button for one second, then select the three vertical dots next to the smart home switches and then select “Add controls”. If you do not see that smart homes change when you press the power button for a long time, make sure that “Device controls” are activated in Settings -> Gestures -> Power menu.
Select “See other apps” at the bottom left of the next screen and then select “Cat Controls”. Cat Controls has three new gears, so check the boxes next to each one to add them all to the stream menu. After adding, select Save.
Step 3: Take care of cats
Now bring up the power menu again, then tap the scroll arrow next to the name of your Google Home. From here, select “Cat Controls” to see the new gears you just added.
Now use the switches to attract a cat to your phone. You can swipe “Water Bubbler” to give different amounts of water, tap “Toy” to lure it, or tap “Food Bowl” to feed it. After playing with these controls, an Android Neko cat will eventually appear in a message.
The warning will be marked “Cat #” with a three-digit number. Depending on your interaction, the cat warns you with the help of emoji to express its feelings. In my tests I could get a happy and sad emoji.
That’s what it’s about. The cats show up in Conversation the department screen, so you can turn them into bubbles with the square icon at the bottom left of the alert.
But you can not actually talk to the cat. Choosing a cat gives you the opportunity to change your name. You can also attract several cats, and each one will react differently depending on your actions via the switches.
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