Easter Egg Stories May 12, 2017

The latest Google Phone update lets a cat or dog show you how to answer phone calls

Google loves putting easter eggs in its various apps and services and through the years, we’ve seen some pretty spectacular ones. Today, a new easter egg has been discovered in the latest version of Google’s Phone application for Android.

Easter Egg Stories January 27, 2016

PSA: You can now type ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in Google Hangouts with an easy slash command

Sage LaTorra, a Test Engineer at Google, just told the world about an awesome little Easter egg he added to Google Hangouts. He’s one to often use the shrug emoji, so it makes sense that this was a priority for him. As of now, all you have to do to add a “shruggie” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ to your Hangouts message is add the command “/shruggie” to the beginning…

Easter Egg Stories October 5, 2015

The Android Marshmallow Easter egg is a reprise of last year’s Flappy Bird game

With the release of Android Lollipop, we saw Google add what many agreed was the best Android Easter egg yet. And today, following Nat & Lo’s tease earlier this morning and the release of Android Marshmallow thereafter, we now know what the Easter egg is this time around. And it’s pretty much the same as the one from Lollipop…

If you’re new to Android Easter eggs, here’s how you access them: Go to the Settings app, head to “About phone,” and then tap the Android version 3 or 4 times in a row quickly. With Android M, you’ll se a large M icon, and tapping on that will eventually show you the real Easter egg: a playable Flappy Bird game.

It works pretty much the same as last year’s game. You’ll get a quick countdown, and then you’re left trying to tap to keep the little Android figure away from the harmful Marshmallows. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found this game to be much more difficult than the original Flappy Bird. Watch this video for proof:

Nat & Lo tease Marshmallow’s Easter egg in today’s episode [Video]

Update: Just as this article was being published, Google released the Android Marshmallow factory images.

Nat & Lo make videos about Google for their 20% project at Google, and today they’ve released episode 8. And with Google likely planning to push Android Marshmallow today (or very soon if not today),  it would make sense for the pair to release a video covering the brief history of Easter eggs in Android…

Easter Egg Stories September 14, 2015

Google celebrates the birthday of Super Mario Bros. w/ new Easter egg [Video]

It was the birthday of Super Mario Bros. yesterday, and Google is celebrating with a new Easter egg in search. It’s not as extravagant as some other permanent jokes (like the infamous “Do a barrel roll”), but it’s pretty cute nonetheless.

Head over to Google and search for “Super Mario Bros” and then check out the right hand side of the page. Right below the box art and screenshots, you’ll find a familiar question mark box. Of course, clicking it will get you 200 points.

Check out the video below:

Easter Egg Stories June 26, 2015

Here’s what happens when you open 100 tabs in Chrome for Android

Google employs a lot of engineers. Most software engineers know that when you have a box which can contain a variable amount of content – say, an input field or the title section of a blog post like the one above – that you need to make a decision as to what happens when more content than can initially fit into the box is inputted. Maybe you take the lazy way out and simply limit what the user can do so that their input doesn’t end up exceeding the character limit of the box, for example. Google has done something even lazier in Chrome for Android.

Let me preface this by saying that what I’m about to show you isn’t new, but I just learned about it so I’m sure it’ll be new to some of you too. Also it’s Friday, so why not see some neat stuff. With that out of the way, here’s what it looks like when you have any amount of tabs open in Chrome for Android under 100 tabs (images courtesy of Reddit user /u/Hamsna):

 

Normal, right? Right. Here’s what it looks like when you have 100 or more tabs open:

 

Let me help in the event that you haven’t noticed anything different in that second image:

 

It seems that someone at Google decided that it’d just be more work than it’s worth to come up with a more pragmatic solution, so it used an emoticon instead to say¯\_(ツ)_/¯ And how many people actually use more than 100 tabs, in a mobile browser no less? Only psychopaths, probably.

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