05 April 2019
Nintendo’s Switch console has stolen the hearts of many gamers. The device is a hybrid gaming unit, being partly handheld and partly a big screen tablet. A major part of its hardware is extremely familiar to Android fans and users. While the Nintendo Switch doesn’t exactly use Android as its operating software, there is a project which has been undertaken to make it possible. Surprise, surprise! An Android Q build has been revealed for the gaming console. Do bear in mind that it’s just an early build of the Android operating software.
The Nintendo Switch shares an affinity with the Google Pixel C tab and the SHIELD TV. It runs the NVIDIA Terga X1 chip, the very same chip which is found on both of the devices. In addition to this, it also has 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Thanks to Billy Laws and Max Keller, the Switch has a working Android Q operating system with full functionality for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, touchscreen, and even the Joy-Cons. In time, the Switch could become a powerful Android-powered gaming machine. While changes are an inevitability when using Android Q on the Switch, top-tier games like Zelda and Mario Odyssey will remain exclusive to the Switch's shipping software.
It’s a wonderful thing to see Android Q running on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, Android Q is far from being stable and the operating system also lacks GPU acceleration which means that you will not be able to play any games on it owing to lack of driver compatibility. Nevertheless, the fact that developers have managed to get Android Q running on the Nintendo Switch is commendable in itself!