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The Pixel 3's Easter egg is more fun than you think (Update: Now on older Pixels!)

The newly-discovered Easter egg looks to be exclusive to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Published onNovember 6, 2018

Update, November 6, 2018 (2:49PM EST): As a Reddit user noted, it looks like Google brought over the drawing app Easter egg to the older Pixel smartphones with the November security update. Remember to repeatedly tap the Android version number and continue to repeatedly tap the older Easter egg to get to the drawing app.

From RAM management and speaker sound imbalance issues to slow wireless charging with third-party chargers, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have already had their fair share of negative headlines. Today finally brings something more positive: a quirky Easter egg that exists as a simple drawing app.

Spotted by Android Police, you must first go to the “About phone” section of Settings. From there, repeatedly tap the Android Pie logo until you trigger the trippy animation that acts as the normal Easter egg. From there, continue to repeatedly tap the animation and you should get the drawing UI.

Android 9 Eazster Egg screenshot

As for the app itself, it is a fun little distraction that is relatively light on features. You can pick different colors and even the size of the brush at the top. You can also use the eyedropper to recall different colors and change the white background to a dark one.

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Interestingly, the app fakes pressure sensitivity based on how much surface area you cover. Keep in mind that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL do not feature pressure-sensitive displays, so this is a neat little trick on Google’s part.

Unfortunately, the new Easter Egg looks to be exclusive to the Pixel 3 phones for the time being. No other phones that run Pie include the drawing app, even the previous-generation Pixel devices. We will keep an eye out for future devices that might include the drawing app.

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