After months waiting, Google has just released the final developer preview for Android 7.0, Nougat. This last preview before the public release includes a handful of improvements under the hood along with a few changes on the surface.
First and foremost, Google has updated the easter egg within Nougat, although it is a minor change at best. Just like with previous releases we have the same “N” but this time with a different, lighter color palette. This new easter egg doesn’t really reflect the Nougat moniker, but it’s not clear if this is the easter egg we’ll see in the final release.
Along with that easter egg is a little something extra. Google has added a “kitty collector” based on Neko Atsume. To enable this you’ll need to go to Settings, tap “About Phone”, then keep tapping on the Android Version Number until an “N” pops up on your screen. Once you long-press on the “N” you’ll see a kitten emoji lower on the screen ?. Tapping on that reveals a “no entry” emoji. When you see it, swipe down the Quick Settings panel from the top of the screen and tap “edit”. You should then see a “???? Android Easter Egg” tile which you’ll want to drag to your Quick Settings. You’ll then see a tile with an empty dish icon. Tapping on that lets you add “bits”, “fish”, “chicken” or “treats” to try to attract virtual kitties to your phone. If you’re able to draw a virtual kitty to your plate you’ll see a notification with a kitty and a number. Once you tap on the notification a window will pop up with a smiling kitty that you can share with a long-press. Does that sound complicated enough? That’s why they’re called “Easter Eggs” – it usually takes a lot of effort to find them. That said, it seems more complex than the “flappy bird” egg from Lollipop and Marshmallow. Incidentally, the Android Nougat egg is apparently drawn from the Japanese word for cat, “Neko,” and the game derived from it, “Neko Atsume“.
The Android Nougat Developer Preview 5 also fixes some issues with the quick settings menu and includes a major update to the Google Camera app with a refreshed UI and some customizable actions.
Developer Preview 5 is rolling out now to users of the Android Beta Program, however if you’re interested in sideloading the update, you can find OTAs and Factory Images here. Just like with previous developer previews, DP5 will be available for the Nexus 6P, 6, 5X, 9, 9 LTE, Pixel C, Nexus Player, and General Mobile 4G.