Android 13 Beta 3.3 today makes it so that we have the full “13” and the easter egg is now activated by pointing the hour and minute hands to 1 o’clock, or 13:00 in military time. The Dynamic Color bubbles are unchanged, but the real fun starts when you hold down on them.
The circles change into emoji, and you can keep long-pressing to cycle through fourteen thematic character sets. This easter egg selects a few emoji from a set for each refresh.
Fruit, Cat faces, Regular faces, Expressive (eye) faces, Melting face, Hearts/love, Outer space, Moon, Aquatic life, Monkeys, Zodiac, Clocks, Flowers, Turtle king
Beta 3.2 vs 3.3
One particular delight is the beloved turtle emoji paired with stars and crowns — the king, truly. There are various moon configurations, while the melting face emoji feels particularly appropriate.
Meanwhile, the status bar currently still shows the wallpaper instead of applying a solid background color. There’s also no change to the Paint chips homescreen widget that reveals the current Dynamic Color palette and can be tapped through for quick sharing.
The first part of the Android 13 Easter egg could be finalized today with the new 13:00 activation and emoji, but it remains to be seen whether there’s a second part on the level of the widget introduced last year. Since the one introduced with Android 12 is a useful tool for developers and end users alike, that homescreen object will presumably stick around.
More on Android 13:
- Here’s what 9to5Google readers think of Android 13’s bolder gesture navbar
- Android 13 beta seems to be right around the corner for Samsung Galaxy S22 series
- Google’s Android 13 Beta 3 survey goes in-depth on Pixel Launcher search
- Samsung’s skin for Android 13, One UI 5.0, reportedly brings better animations
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.
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