Running Android OS on Nintendo Switch

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One of the beauties of Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is how it can be used and deployed in many different ways. You can run Android OS on phones with an alphnumeric keypad, on touchscreen phones, on tablets, and now on the Nintendo Switch.

While this is not an official porting, it is significant and demonstrates how versatile the world’s most popular operating system is.

It isn’t fully functional yet, but quite a number of services and apps run fine on it. These include: Web browser, YouTube, Spotify, and Twitch, among others. There are limitations though: because the device does not have a microphone, camera, or GPS, apps that require those features are crippled on the device.

About the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is a portable game console with a 6.2-inch, 1280 x 720 pixels display, 4G RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a 4310mAh battery. The processor is an octa-core Tegra X1 chipset.

It has got Wifi for connecting to the Internet, as well as stereo speakers, which should translate to good audio reproduction. At the end of the day, running Android on this hardware is similar to using a tablet.

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When the development work is done, you will be able to install Android OS on your Nintendo Switch through an easy installer via SD card. There is no release date yet.

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One comment

  1. This is cool, definitely a welcome development. I don’t mind having one if the Android OS can fully function on it.



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