In the midst of an in any other case unremarkable new construct of Android’s 13 developer beta, 9to5Google uncovered something fun: our annual Android Easter egg. This 12 months’s hidden function builds on the colorful splash screen from Android 12, this time filling it with emoji. Like, a lot of emoji.
The method it capabilities within the present beta model (13.3) is very similar to final 12 months — begin the Easter egg by going to Settings > About cellphone > Android model, then faucet the Android model thrice quickly. This reveals an analog clock widget; transfer the palms to 1 o’clock (that’s 13:00 in navy time — get it?), and also you’ll see a colourful array of spots pop up representing Material You’s customizable shade theming.
Here’s the place it differs from final 12 months: lengthy press one of the spots, they usually’ll all flip into emoji. You can hold lengthy urgent to cycle by means of screens with completely different emoji themes like sea creatures, cats, and moon phases. So many emoji! Google isn’t the one one enjoying round with emoji wallpaper, both — one of the iOS 16 lock screens unveiled at WWDC 2022 is a grid of user-selectable emoji. Emoji wallpaper: so proper now.
There’s a sensible side of the Android 12 Easter egg that continues to be intact from final 12 months, too. Once you discover the Easter egg, you’ll have a new residence display widget possibility referred to as “Android S Easter Egg.” Adding it to your homescreen will reveal shade swatches for the assorted system colours the cellphone is utilizing primarily based in your wallpaper, ala Material You, to allow them to be saved or shared. Useful? Yes. As enjoyable as a display full of cat response emoji? No method.