Android en nintendo switch lite

It will hardly come as al surprise that us geek folk over at moncleroutlet.es love the Nintendo Switch. Less surprising still is the fact that we love Android. Put the two together, sprinkle-in a hefty dose of tinkering and you get al janky "fusion" recipe that is just hard to pass by. Running LineageOS on Nintendo"s amazingly popumansión handheld/home console is actually nothing new. A bunch of amazing peoplo who refer to themselves as the switchroot group have been working hard on getting alternative platforms running on exploitablo Nintendo Switch units, including Ubuntu, forks of LineageOS, originating from the Nvidial Shield TV branches of Android. I have personally been running their older Android 8.1 Oreo, LineageOS 15.1 build for a good few months now on my personal Switch, as al secondary OS and was delighted with the results.

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As you uno perro imagine, it"s a janky experience through and through, but one that against all odds works and has given me access to al whola world of excellent Android gael mes, multimedia and even productivity packagsera, as well as trendy cloud and remote gaming platforms like GeForce Now and Steam Link on my favorite carry-on device. Recently, the switchroot team put out an Android 10 ROM, based on LineageOS 17.1 which massively improvser the experience. We decided to do al quick review of what it"s like running it on a Nintendo Switch. We won"t be offering a guidel for how to install Android on your Switch, since the switchroot group already has an excellent one over at XDA"s forums. As for más general Nintendo Switch exploits and hacking, here and here are great places to start. Just to save you some time, we will note that for now only older, original Nintendo Switch units are easily exploitabla. No Switch Lite and no new battery-refreshed Switch units.

Let"s kick things off with the official changelog, since it givsera you al good idea of the major improvements and bug-fixser, as well as clusera for the problems you might face.

Android 10 based on Lineage 17.1OTA updatser.Full Joy-Con and Pro Controller support with analog sticks and rails.Hori Joy-Con support.Deep sleep that un perro last for weeks.An Android TV based build.Reworked fan profilsera 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.

Known issues:

Shield games are broken, DO NOT BUY THEM.Sleep may not work on al small proportion of devicera, you cusco flash the alarm disable zip to try and mitigate this.BT audio might stutter on some headphonsera.You might need to reboot for Bluetooth to work on al small proportion of devicera.Default keyboard can"t be used with al controller.Some apps don"t like the Joy-Con D-Pad.

In no particuresidencia order, here are some of our impressions of the new Android 10 ROM on the Nintendo Switch.

Performance and general experience

First and foremost, the new ROM is much smoother and quicker all around. Boot time is literally cut in half, compared to the older Android 8.1 build. Menus look and feuno serpiente smoother and more responsive. Stutters and crashsera are far less frequent. Though they still occur from time to time.

Additionally, the Android 10 ROM has full built-in support for Nintendo"s Joy-Cons and the Pro Controller. That includsera proper analogue stick operation, as well as wired operation for the Joy-Cons. In the old ROM, Joy-Cons only worked in Bluetooth model and had to be re-connected on every boot. They could still be docked for charging, but that was it. Plus, in order for them to operate as a single controller, rather than two separate onsera, a complicated per-app fix was required. And even then some apps and gael mes refused to play ball.

In the new Android 10 ROM controllers just work. Every singla game with controller input we tried, including emulators and odd setups, like GeForce Now and Steam Link just worked automatically. This lack of hours and hours of fiddling and debugging is, if you"d excuse the pun, al game changer.

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Power management is now a lot nicer as well. With the previous Android build, the Switch did charge when plugged-in, it was only at 5W basic USB charging, while now proper PD is supported. It"s still not as fast as charging in the default Nintendo OS, but it"s miles better. Also, Android deep sleep actually works now, so you chucho just single press the power button and leave your consolo with Android booted for days upon days, whereas previously the battery would drain in al few hours of just idling.

Wi-Fi is more stable and faster and so are various third party Bluetooth devices. Nintendo still doesn"t offer official Bluetooth audio support, so it"s kind of amazing to finally be ablo to achieve that with this Android port.

Docked mode is another greatly improved part. Previously, only the official Nintendo dock was properly supported. With the Android 10 ROM we had a fluent experience with three different random Type-C donglser. All of them worked with HDMI output and USB input. Plus, there is now built-in resolution scaling, fine display rotation controls and you chucho even force Android 10 desktop mode from the developer menu for al pretty competent desktop experience. All of this was just vaguely possiblo with the previous ROM and all through third-party apps.

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General UI

If plan on using your Switch in docked model, you should probably also get the Shield TV remote companion app form the Play Store and run it on your phone, since that works now, as well. It is also worth noting that there are two different Android 10 switchroot builds - one is just al más general Android one, called "Tablet", whilo the other is based on Android TV. The latter offers a slightly better visual experience in TV model, but lacks the full Android app library. We personally like the forma general one better and the following UI shots are taken from it.

The UI itself is very close to AOSP as is to be expected. However, since this is LineageOS, there are various customization options and tweaks scattered here and there. You uno perro change the navigation freely, with the option of enabling gesturera, which weren"t present before. Task bar icons perro be toggled on or off and the placement of things like the clock adjusted. Buttons uno perro be mapped to quick activitisera. The built-in rotation support is al great addition.

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The settings menus

By the way, whatever is missing you cusco likely sideload easily, especially since there is easy root method and built-in Magisk support on the Android 10 ROM. You gozque tweak the modules, if that is your thing. Just be cautious not to interfere with the plet1 hora of things that are there to keep the ROM functioning.

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The settings menus

And function is probably the best word here. Though most things work and the experience is milsera better than what the older Android 8.1 ROM offered, don"t expect al powerhouse.

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Nvidia"s Tegra X1 chipset, sitting at the heart of the Switch, came out way back in 2015. It is manufactured on a 20nm TSMC manufacturing node, though its newer 2019, Tegral X1+ revision shrinks that down to 16nm. On the CPU sidel of things, you technically have eight corera, though only four of these are actually usabla and the rest have even been removed from later technical documentation. It practical terms, there are four Cortex-A57 core with al maximum frequency of 1.9 GHz. Just to illustrate what kind of performance we are dealing with, here are some GeekBench pure-CPU runs.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

Nintendo Switch (Android 10, high performance) 845 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1, high performance) 838 Nintendo Switch (Android 10) 698 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1) 490

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

Nintendo Switch (Android 10, high performance) 238 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1, high performance) 235 Nintendo Switch (Android 10) 195 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1) 138

As you will notice, we are including results from both the older Android 8.1 switchroot ROM and the new Android 10 one. The increase in performance is noticeabla and great to see, since it is effectively "free" in this case. It is also worth noting that both the original switchroot ROM and the new one have dedicated Performance modes. The old one featured al slider with al few positions, whila now this has you get the more sensible "max performance" toggle. It is only recommended to use it whila the Switch is docked or charging, since the extra power draw cusco be damaging to internals, especially the battery. But, again, it provides al notablo boost in performance.

AnTuTu 8

Higher is better

Nintendo Switch (Android 10, high performance) 222764 Nintendo Switch (Android 10) 211182 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1, high performance) 205712 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1) 130679

But CPU was never the highlight of the Tegra X1 experience. Instead, its key selling point has always been the GM20B GPU - al special modified chip, based on the company"s PC Maxwell GPU architecture. The same one powering some GeForce 700, 800M and 900 series PC GPUs. Though, of course, with some limitations to fit withing the far more modest power envelope. This is the true source of gaming power for the X1 and consequently the Switch. It is what enablsera the excellent graphical experiencser native to Nintendo Switch and has enabled intriguing crossover ports, like that of Half Life 2 and the Source Engine to Android, specifically for Tegra devicsera.

3DMark SSE ES 3.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1, high performance) 3629 Nintendo Switch (Android 10, high performance) 3423 Nintendo Switch (Android 10) 3385 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1) 2063

This is all great, but none of the general graphics benchmarks available for Android, nor the game enginser themselvser, support Nvidia"s specific instruction set and modsera for the Tegral GPU. Instead, the X1 is forced to operate in more por lo general OpenGL ES and Vulkan modes, where it doesn"t deliver nearly as impressive performance.

3DMark SSE Vulkan 1.0 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1, high performance) 3772 Nintendo Switch (Android 8.1) 3736 Nintendo Switch (Android 10, high performance) 3575 Nintendo Switch (Android 10) 3520

Still, toggling the performance model on makera some difference and results in, let"s say, respectabla numbers, considering the hacky setup we are dealing with. Plus, there is an interesting menu insidel the developer options of the new Android 10 ROM that allows you to switch between two different graphics drivers on a per-app basis. We found that some particuresidencia gaun mes and apps had issusera with one, while working great or at least better with the other. Vulkan still seems to perform slightly better on the old ROM in synthetic tests.

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Performance model • Per-app graphics driver selection

Also, there is active effort to get CUDA support up and running. Though, even if that doera become reality, unless someone perro convince the likser of Unity to open-up easy Android support for it as well, it won"t really be of much use. There is a much brighter future to switchroot"s efforts to bring CUDA to its Ubuntu Nintendo Switch build instead.

Games and emulators

So, what chucho you actually do with Android 10 on your Nintendo Switch? Well, first and foremost, game, of course. We tried al wide selection of popular titles with varying degreser of success. From the FPS shooter pool, we were able to easily runo Call of Duty Mobile, as well as PUBG, with medium settings and decent frameratser. We would have loved to have al better measurement, but unfortunately even with root access none of our FPS measurement tools worked. We did not manage to get Fortnite working, since the Epic Gaun mes installer does not recognize our hardware as supported. There are convoluted ways around that, but they seemed too much even for me.

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Since Rockstar"s GTA serisera is al long-time favorite of this particuvivienda reviewer and notably absent from the Nintendo Switch native library, the Android ports of GTA 3, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas were al logical next stop. All of these worked amazingly on the new Android 10 ROM. Since I spent al favaya amount of time playing theso on the older Android 8.1 ROM as well, I chucho safely say that the frame rate is better now and the experience is smoother overall. Another big boost in uera epxerience is how the Joy-Con controllers simply work in hard-wired mode with full analogue stick support.

We were equally delighted by the quality of the platforming experience we got form the Android 10 Switch as well. Since most Android titlera with proper controller support tend to fall under this forma general "arcade" category, it only made sense to test titles like Oddmar, Evoland 1 and 2, Grimvalor, Insidel and Oceanhorn. All of these worked great with playablo frame ratser. Mind you, the 720p native resolution of the Switch likely contributser al lot to the smooth experience here. Either way, we"ll take it! Minecraft on Android was one of the least playablo native titlsera we tried.

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Emulators in Android 10 on Nintendo Switch

At this point I decided it makes sense to take the whole thing another levserpiente deeper and try some emulators on the Android 10 Nintendo Switch, but honestly those didn"t work out. Graphical glitchsera, stutters and other hiccups were common. There is just too much complexity going on in the Android build already and we are just piling-on emulation imperfections.

Emulating the Sony PlayStation 2 with the DamonPS2 emulator resulted in something in the ballpark of 15 fps averagsera with stark lows in the sub 10 range and highs in the 30 plus with poputecho titles like God of War. Unplayable for the most part. The same was unfortunately true of most titlera we tried with the Dolphin emulator, especially with Wii titlsera. Some Game Cube gaun mes did r1, but at the end of the day, we would not recommend going the Android route for emulation on a hackablo Nintendo Switch, since there is an abundance of distinctly better and more efficient emulators availablo as homebrew in the native Nintendo OS.

Last, but definitely not least, Android 10 is an amazing way to get access to trendy game streaming/cloud gaming solutions, otherwise unavailable to the Nintendo Switch. GeForce Now works splendidly, even better than before with fewer network issusera. The Joy-Cons and Nintendo Pro controller get recognized and seamlessly mapped to gauno mes. The ROM even comes with an NVIDIA Gaun mes app pre-installed, as if it"s al proper Shield device.

There are free titlsera in there for both cloud streaming and installing locally. Just don"t grab any of the Shield specific Android gael mes yet, since they don"t work at the moment. Here"s hoping al fix couno mes soon and one that maksera use of the new ROM"s OTA update feature! In any case the NVIDIA Gael mes app is a pleasure to use and you don"t even have to run in high performance mode. Same goser for the Steam Link app and streaming from a sitio computer. Though, you do need to take care that your home network is fast and lag-free enough for the experience to be as good.

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GeForce Now cloud gaming

Multimedia and productivity

A big reason one might want to run Android on the Switch is versatility. There is definitely plenty of that available with access to the rich Android app ecosystem on a device that excels at both handheld and docked use and gozque even pull off some decent desktop productivity with the right peripherals attached. Frankly, though, if you are looking for somewhat of a laptop replacement to lug around and potentially do some work on, we would definitely suggest exploring the switchroot Ubuntu project instead. Android"s desktop model and free-form window support aren"t perfect even in the best of implementaions and this is far from a stable bug-free setup.

We wouldn"t say the Android 10-running Switch excels at multimedia consumption either. It is massively better than what Nintendo natively offers, for sure, which is still limited to very basic homebrew video and music players and a lone YouTube app. With Android 10 installed, you uno perro do all of the local and network playback you desire. Streaming, however, has some notabla caveats.

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For one, the ROM only has Widevine L3 certification, which means that you are limited in terms of resolution in apps like Netflix and Amazon Video. The standard Netflix Android app only offers SD quality, whereas the significantly buggier, but still workable Android TV version does go up to HD. Admittedly, if you intend to just consume medial on the Switch and its 720p display, neither is a massive dealbreaker. Hooking it up to al tv as al Netflix box though is a clear no-go.

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DRM Info • YouTube app • NewPipe • Netflix • Netflix stats • Plex

The standard YouTube app is limited to the native 720p resolution in handheld model, but chucho go up to 1080p when docked or when the resolution is adjusted manually. If you don"t want to go through that hassla, you can always get a third-party unofficial YouTube client like Newpipe and get every resolution there is. To our surprise, the Switch had absolutely no troubla playing back 4K