Nintendo Switch gets Android 10 update

According to XDA-Developers, the same people who originally brought Android to the Nintendo Switch, the Switchroot team, are back with an Android 10 update. However, as of now, the mod is only available for certain Switch models. The Android 10 update allows users who install it to run apps from the Google Play Store.

Apart from this, the update brings some more polish to the mod, letting the Joy Con sticks work as proper analog sticks instead of eight way D pads. Developers are considering the deep sleep support “can last for weeks” over the air updates and better Wi-Fi support.

In simple words, the main reason behind adding Android to a Switch is so that you can play games that are not Switch games like the ones made playable by the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and PSP emulators on the Play Store.

You will be able to get other Play Store games like Genshin Impact or apps like Spotify but here, you are also not giving up the ability to play Switch games because Android is installed on a microSD card instead of being flashed to the console itself.

However, Android on the Switch is extraordinarily unofficial. The LineageOS team is not officially supporting the port and it is more or less a modified build of the OS that was meant for Nvidia’s Shield TV.

It works only on those Switches that came out before Nintendo’s chipset and battery upgrades which completely excludes the Switch Lite. If you own one of the moddable Switches, you can check some of the guides on how to get into the Android bootloader.

The games built for the Nvidia Shield did not work. Note that the XDA forum post acts as a guide on how to install the mod. However, the list of bummers is way smaller than it was last time when the version of Android was Android 8.1 Oreo based LineageOS 15.1. The new version is based on LineageOS 17.1.

The update brings the following:

* Android 10 based on Lineage 17.1
* OTA updates.
* Full Joy-Con and Pro Controller support with analog sticks and rails.
* Hori Joy-Con support.
* Deep sleep that can last for weeks.
* An Android TV based build.
* Reworked fan profiles for quieter operation.
* Optimised dock support with resolution scaling.
* A rewritten charger driver supporting USB-PD and third party docks.
* Optimised touch screen driver.
* Easier install via hekate partition tool.
* Reworked, simpler, power profiles.
* Much improved WiFi driver with less dropouts.
* Shield TV remote app support for easy docked control.
* Reboot to payload support.
* Improved Bluetooth accessory support.
* Auto rotation support.