Incredible Easter Egg: Who Is Eric J?

Who is Eric J? That’s what a lot of people are asking after AndroidForums member viperguy586 accidentally found a bizarre easter egg on the HTC Incredible. The oddity was confirmed by several members and then ned4spd8874 posted the following video for all to see:

Basically you just:

  • Open the software keyboard
  • Hold down “B” until you get an “)”
  • Hold down “V” until you get an “(“
  • You suddenly see the following as an auto-correct option

)(HTC_RUDB_v00.04.03_EricJ. )


So who is Eric J? Probably an HTC or Android programmer who left himself a little call sign. Or maybe he was debugging and accidentally forgot to delete a snippet of code. Regardless of how it got there, the bottom line is that it’s completely useless. Just a fun little random side note to help you while away the hours.

Give it a try on your phone and let us know if it works in the comments!

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  • dork

    eric j?

  • Mark

    On HTC Desire 2.2 as well

  • Kevin

    Comes up on my Evo.

  • dan

    I get the same auto-correct on my Evo so it likely was accidentally left in as part of the default Touch Input keyboard for several HTC devices.

  • Nick

    Anything easter egg like things on the Galaxy S series of phones? Mine is the Epic 4G.

  • Hipster Dufus

    This works on my Wildfire

  • Paul T

    Yep, works on my DINC.

  • Oathdynasty

    If I made a phone OS, i would do something like that

  • Chris

    I tried it and got:


  • joel

    Come out on my HTC EVO

  • Greg

    It comes up on the MyTouch 4G too.

  • maddin

    confirm, nearly the same on Desire 2.


    but with a 02 instead of 03

  • matto

    works on the Vibrant

  • AndroidToy

    Ooh, and who the hell Thomas is Froyo Gallery3D app? even my SD card is empty, NO pix. It still shows a Thomas folder

  • CaliMegali

    Nothing on Fascinate

  • Brian

    I get HTC_MDB_V1.1.4_NORMAL on my Hero.

  • dakuten

    Works on a 2.2 FROrange Desire with a Desire HD ROM

  • OMG Ponies!

    I’M Eric J!!
    I’m in your Android, haxzoring your Facebook!

  • andy

    Same thing on htc ime mod

  • JoaquĆ­n

    it’s not that incredible… that’s a joke

  • romma

    Eric J. and his fifteen posts of fame..

  • IncrediBill

    I get…. “)(htc_rudb_v00.04.02_ericj”

    I want v00.04.03 – Come on Eric J…..why won’t verizon push out this update already!!!!

  • JeffB

    Shows up on my HTC Hero with 2.1.

  • Sonya

    Got it on my incredible. I think they are monitoring us. (twilight zone music plays)

  • urhero

    )(HTC_RUDB_v00.04.02_EricJ ….wow works on hero too.

  • Aaron

    I get normal on the Eris

  • J240

    Yep. Got it on my MT4G also. Silly Eric J.

  • sc4fpse

    Comfirmed to be present in the HTC_IME port of the keyboard for the original Motorola Droid. EricJ, who are you?

  • wctaylor79wctaylor79

    Works on D1 with HTC Mod…

  • Phil Seagraves

    It happened on my Sprint HTC Hero

  • ChrisB

    I expect ericj may be out of a job after this mess up :P

  • Burns

    Who is John Galt?

  • Brando56894

    who is the drizzle?

    who is John G?

  • Harold Goldner

    Works on my Dinc using the Touch keyboard. (Does not work with Swiftkey Beta, of course).

  • Alexander

    Who is The Coon?

  • Chris R.

    Wo-hoo! My hand, phone and counter top are now famous! :o)

  • Samuel T Glenn

    lol I get my 2 mins of fame for finding this out :) lol
    still wondering who he is and whats the version in reference to…..

  • investigator

    on the eris also

  • Dane Jones

    I’d say confirmed. HTC Incredible w/ SkyRaider 3

  • keil

    )(htc_mdb_v1.1.7_normal on my nexus.

  • Paul

    I get both on my Eris

  • LSxChevelle

    Eric J as well on the mt4g using touch keyboard

  • Eric J


  • zemerick

    Forgot to mention this in the thread, but googled rudb and mdb and both came back with stuff involving the htc ime. My guess is they are databases for the prediction system. The )( are probably recognized by the system as some sort of default or maybe a specific variable relating to the version of he address, and ericj probably had no idea putting those in would cause the version to be listed.

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  • joshua

    No way!! Works on Microsoft Word 93 too!!! Weird?

  • Aeok18109

    works on Tmo Samsung Vibrant running TeamWhiskey Onyx 4.2

  • Mirane

    Works on the HTC Desire HD as well

  • Stuart

    HTC Desire Z I get
    in an SMS entry screen or other text entry
    in a email address field (Gmail)
    Makes sense that there are different expansions for the different types of field.

  • TK

    Guess this doesn’t work on older Android versions, nothing on my G1.

  • smoknjo


    not in text mode but email mode

    (HTC_RUDB v00.04.03 Ericj
    )(HTC_MDB V1.1.12 normal

  • Snoop Dugg

    It does the same thing on my evo!!!!!!!

  • Dandapani

    I had to turn Swype off first :)

  • Champs

    It’s not an “easter egg” per se. I have done programming for embedded systems like this and it’s probably just a quick way for testers to find the:

  • DroidO

    they used codesmith or code form it to aid in the programing. Eric J is the CEO of codesmith