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How to catch a cat with Android 7.0 Nougat

Android Nougat's new Easter egg game is kind of like Tamagotchi for feline furballs.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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If you have Android 7.0 Nougat on your phone or tablet, you can start collecting all sorts of cats right meow! In lieu of a surprise game tucked away in the Settings menu of the past two major Android builds, Google's Easter egg this time involves collecting cats.

Content originally published August 24, 2016 and updated September 1, 2016.

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Go into the Settings menu and scroll to the bottom. See where it says Android version 7.0? Tap it four or five times in quick succession until the "N" screen appears. Then, tap that a couple of times and press and hold until the phone vibrates.

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Suddenly, a little orange cat head appears. Tap it! It's a toggle that puts another cat head into the bottom notifications tray. This is good. You need to drag that cat head above the line that says "drag to add toggles." Then, it'll show up in your notifications pull-down tray.

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Ready for the next step? You have to feed the widdle kitty. Your cat icon has morphed into an empty dish. Tap it and choose among four tasty feline snacks: Fish, chicken, a treat that resembles a donut with sprinkles and the mysterious "bits." Bits of what? Maybe I don't want to know.

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Time to fill that empty bowl with chicken. Here, kitty, kitty.

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So what happens when you've bagged your furry quarry? A notification from Android Neko appears to inform your of your new bewhiskered pal. (P.S. Neko means "cat" in Japanese.) There are apparently hundreds of cat designs. Here's No. 531.

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No. 531 is a really bad name for a cat, so Android Nougat gives you the honor of choosing something better. See what I did there?

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The object of the game? Cat-ching them all, of course.

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There's no fun in keeping a kitteh-dex all to yourself. Tap and hold to brag abou...er, share your new fluffball with friends.

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Android 7.0 software rolls out on Nexus devices first. Find out about all the actually useful things Android Nougat does for your phone here.

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This one shall be called Bartholomeow.

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Pawsley.

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Herman.

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Floofy.

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