It’s been nearly two weeks since we installed the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat on our Nexus 6P, and while we’ve been enjoying every new feature, there’s one that really stands out. No, it’s not the upgraded multitasking button or extra set of emojis, but the hidden cat-collecting game called Android Neko.
An obvious reference to the mega-popular Neko Atsume game, the Nougat-only feature doesn’t have all the intricate gimmicks and visuals of its standalone app equivalent. In Google’s implementation, you’re restricted to leaving out food for the cats, being notified when one arrives, and naming the felines that stay in your collection forever.
Surprisingly, since Android Neko doesn’t require as much dedication to feed and pamper playful kitties, the simplicity of letting you casually check on notifications whenever your busy schedule permits actually adds to the addictiveness of the game.
Activating the mini-game isn’t as simple as opening up the hidden Flappy Bird clone of Android 5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow, so we came up with a step-by-step guide to accessing Android Neko on Android Nougat. Here it goes:
- Make sure you have Android 7.0 installed.
- Navigate to the Nougat logo by going to Settings > About Phone, and then rapidly tapping “Android version 7.0” three times.
- Tap the huge letter N a few times, then give it a long press until a cat appears below it.
- Pull down the notifications shade from above twice and tap on “Edit.”
- You’ll find a new icon named “Android Easter Egg.” Drag that to your Quick Settings list.
Now that it’s part of your Quick Settings, tap on the icon to select which food you want to place on the dish. There are a total of four: chicken, treat, bits, and fish. As far as we know, it doesn’t matter which one you choose – cats will come. Once it’s empty, simply refill the dish to lure in another cat.
You’ll be shown a traditional notification whenever a cat appears. Tap it, and you’ll be presented with your hopefully growing collection. You can also hold the icon in Quick Settings (with or without food inside) to check out the cats.
Again, Android Neko is no where near as comprehensive as the already simple Neko Atsume. You’re limited to renaming your new friends by tapping on them, and sharing your pets with actual friends by pressing on a cat a little longer. The great thing is that it could probably go on much longer with hundreds of furry friends to discover.
For the fortunate minority who have Android Nougat: Enjoy!