Get a constant influx with Android N's easter egg


Neko Atsume clone within

Yesterday, some Nexus phone owners were treated to an upgrade to Nougat aka Android 7.0, the latest version of Google's we-can-do-iOS-stuff-too-kinda operating system. It's by far the best version of Android I've ever used; punchy and crisp with an emoji selection far wider than the emotional gamut of the dead child inside of me. There's over 250 features to get excited about but the most notable for gamers are improved Unreal support, improved VR support, better battery saving, and even Vulkan support to undo all saved battery cycles right.

Above all, what you really need to know is that there's a Neko Atsume ("Kitty Collector") clone hidden deep in the OS. The game has been playable for some time now in earlier betas, and we're delighted that it made it to the official release. Unlocking it easy, just follow these simple steps below. No rooting, flash cards, rebooting, or other weirdness is required.


Go to Settings (quickmenu's little gear) > About Phone > and then click on the version number again. A giant N as in Nougat will appear.

After the logo appears, hold down your thumb on the N.  A tiny little orange cat emoji will appear at the bottom of the screen (pictured above).  This is how you turn the game off - just repeat these steps to disable it.

I had some trouble doing this at first - you might have to click a few times on the logo before anything appears. It seems easiest to do with your thumb. The emoji will be tiny. Be careful not to press it twice, or a negative emoji will appear and the game will be hidden again.  

After you do this, and this might be the most confusing step, the game will still be hidden for some users.  It's supposed to appear in your Quickstatus menu, but you may have to push it all the way down until the Edit link appears.  Customize your Quickstatus icons and it should be one of the options at the very bottom. For me it was bottom left, almost hidden.

Finally, after you've moved it out you can play. You have an empty dish that you can put four types of food. Just like in Neko Atsume, the time and type of food may or may not affect who visits you. Or it does. Who knows? Most cats are like the weird guy you lived with after college.

After some time passes you'll get an SMS-like alert that a cat visited.

The cats are numbered, so you can waste your life collecting thousands and renaming them. The game has been extensively played by some, including this obsessed man on Reddit that has oracle-like answers for you serious kitty-getting cat ladies. 

So, is this is worth fucking with your firmware and possibly bricking your phone if you can't upgrade to the Android 7 update?


It's very shallow and thus kind of shit, but it's cat related so it's inexplicably adorable. It's a ridiculous thing to have in your status bar. Just imagine show it the next time you walk into your C-grade local microbrewery and Meatface wants to yap about his latest Tinder conquest. You can have a cat named after all his previous dates to make him ponder his STDs.

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