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Apparently, this and Nyan Droid are both part of a new screensaver feature Google called "Android Dreams" that was disabled by them before Ice Cream Sandwich was released (presumably because it wasn't ready for prime time yet). Here is a picture of the re-enabled feature in CM9, courtesy of Steve Kondik who stopped by our G+ post.

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We're not sure whether what you're about to see is yet another Easter egg in Ice Cream Sandwich (remember the Nyan Droid?) or the next amazing launcher that will do your dishes and fly you into space, but it turns out the stock ICS launcher actually has another launcher buried inside.

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Named Rocket Launcher (not to be confused with Rocket Launcher), this Star Wars-like icon flinger is hidden from the regular app drawer straight up Aliens-style, and the only way to fire it up is to utilize a special method of calling an Android Activity by its name (in the video below, the presenter uses Launcher Pro's Activity shortcut).

Here, have a look for yourself:

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Useful? Far from it. Silly and fun? By all means, and that's the way we like our Google Easter eggs.

Via Reddit.

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  • Iria

    I love this kind of easter eggs <3 Google

  • Michael Kennedy

    oh the possibilities this presents

  • Freak4Dell

    Most impractical launcher ever, but I still want it.

    Somebody should make it a live wallpaper.

  • Justin P. Sorrentino

    You people need to stop teasing me.

  • http://rougesheep.blogspot.com Rouge Sheep

    Wow, thanks for using my video. I feel special ^_^

  • watson387

    Best shit ever. Short comment is short.

  • Yourissues

    Awesome... I am waiting for a ROM to come out now with that being the stock launcher.. We all know it's going happen.. Thanks Devs

  • http://www.cyanogenmod.com ciwrl

    Its not an easter egg per se; but a remnant of a disabled feature: Android Dreams. It's a screensaver like functionality that Google commented out in the AOSP code drop.

    See: https://github.com/CyanogenMod/android_packages_apps_Settings/commit/d1d9fc3ac9f2b6f2f2b8d042ed4e6180d0ac904f

    And: http://android.chemlab.org/dreams.png

  • http://androidtidbits.com Guillermo Martinez

    So every time Google releases a new Android ICS, we should search it bits by bits to find its hidden treasure. Folks from Google sure knows how to have fun.

  • http://www.kuffs.co.uk DAz

    For those (with Android 4) who want to see it without going to loads of trouble, get https://market.android.com/details?id=uk.co.kuffs.ssl from Android market. Its a launcher for the rocketlauncher!!!