Google teases Candy Cane in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

July 6, 2012

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Just like Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich before it Google has another "Easter Egg" hidden inside of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Most people know the trick already and if not we'll share the details below. We saw this last week and after some thought have finally realized what Google could be hinting at -- and that is a Christmas full of Nexus gifts.

On your Android phone or tablet simply go to settings > about phone (or tablet) > and on android version tap four times fast and you'll be greeted with a treat. Hold down the big red Jelly Bean and you'll get a page of floating beans. The same works on ICS. After tossing a few beans around with my finger we noticed the candy cane -- or should I say Kandy Cane? I've seen this on both my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7. We know the next version of Android will start with a K. Previous reports suggested Key Lime Pie and I really can't see Google calling it Kandy Kane or Kandy Cane.

As a little hint don't Google "Kandy Cane" as you might find some NFSW content (gotta love those porn star names.) Okay where was I? Now this could very well just be Google teasing us and having a little fun like a kid on an Ant hill, or they are hinting towards the future. After pondering this the past few days I've decided that this is a little hint that we can expect to see the next "Nexus" this holiday season. Could Google be teasing that with this Easter Egg inside of an Easter Egg? Possibly the next Nexus smartphone, or even a Nexus 10 in a few months? Just a few things to think about.

What do you guys think this Candy Cane represents?


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  • The orientation hints at the letter J, agreed candy cane will not be used because who wants an os named after a porn star (imagine the viruses) perhaps it also reflects the season ie christmas?

    • I’ve seen in upside down too. A Candy cane is always shaped that way, but good observation.

  • Taylor Hunt

    Strange. I never see the Candy Cane on mine.

    • Try a few times.. took me tons of tries and once it was hidden under a bean

  • Andrew Singleton

    I bet it is for Project “Candy Cane”. Like they had Project “butter”.

  • Freida Dianne

    I got scary zombie art by Jack Larson with gingerbread man and android bot 8(

  • Salty sugar

    I believe that this will have something to do with “candy” and or “canes”.

  • J

    j could just stand for “Jelly Bean” which is floating downward – so the next one will be above J, and will be K – i.e. probably Key Lime Pie

  • Robert Frost

    Next Android version will be Android Kit-Kat! Yumm.