How to unlock Android 4.2's hidden Daydream 'BeanFlinger'

There's a hidden Daydream in Android 4.2, called BeanFlinger, that you'll want to unlock if you're into jelly beans.

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean includes a new feature called Daydream. Daydream is nothing more than a different name for a screensaver, but for your Android device. You can choose from one of the five default Daydreams to start playing when your device is docked, charging, or both.

It turns out one of the available Daydreams is hidden by default. It requires the device owner to perform a task in order to unlock the dream. Had it not been for this post on Android Central, I would have thought it was visible by default.

One of the first things I do when upgrading Android operating systems is to check out the animation revealed after tapping on the Android Version option in settings, which is exactly what you'll need to do to unlock BeanFlinger. So, by the time I got around to viewing Daydreams, the hidden dream had already been uncovered (unbeknownst to me).

Here's what you'll need to do:

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  • Launch the Settings app, scroll to the bottom, and tap About Phone.
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  • In the middle of the screen is the listing for Android Version. Tap this item until you see a jelly bean appear on your screen. You can then tap and hold the giant jelly bean until your device vibrates. You should then see interactive beans floating all over your screen. And yes, you can fling them. Go ahead, try it.
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  • After doing, this the BeanFlinger Daydream will be unlocked. You can find the Daydream option by going to Settings > Display > Daydream.

What do you think about the new Daydream feature? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.

 

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