What you need to know
- Switchroot has released an unofficial Android port for the Nintendo Switch.
- An Android port for the console was first teased by Max Keller in February this year.
- As expected, the Android 8.1-based LineageOS 15.1 ROM has several bugs currently.
Nearly five months after first being teased, the unofficial Android port for the Nintendo Switch has finally been released. If you have a modded Nintendo Switch, you can now download the ROM from the XDA Developers website. As confirmed previously, the ROM is based on the LineageOS 15.1 build for the NVIDIA Shield TV.
Unsurprisingly, the Android port for the Nintendo Switch is not free from bugs. Some features such as auto rotation, screenshots, and deep sleep do not work as intended just yet. It is also impossible to access the FAT32 partition of the SD card on macOS currently. If you can live with the minor bugs, the Android port for the Nintendo Switch is definitely worth a try.
The Android 8.1 Oreo firmware for the console comes with support for both Google services as well as all native NVIDIA Shield apps. This means you will be able to play titles such as Borderlands and Half-Life 2 on the console. The Joycons and the Nintendo Pro Controller are reported to work without any issues as well. You can even add a keyboard and mouse, although they will only work when the console is docked.
While the unofficial Android port will not affect the console's system software in any way, you will require an unused SD card to install it. Depending on the speed of the SD card that you use, it may take up to an hour to write the image to the card in order to get the Android port up and running.
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