NX-Shell Beta 3 released – Touchscreen support, an audio player, an OSK for entering names and more!
A good file manager is a utility that all hacked devices should have and thanks to Joel16’s efforts, the Nintendo Switch’s one is seeing great progress! The latest NX-Shell release, Beta 3, brings along many essential features, such as touchscreen support, which will surely please everybody using it.
What is NX-Shell?
Similar to other software with ‘Shell’ in its name like VitaShell, NX-Shell is a file manager for hacked Nintendo Switch devices by Joel16. As of right now, it only lets you access the SD card (i.e no access to system partitions just yet) and has the following features:
- A Cyanogenmod/LineageOS-esque theme which is present in Joel16’s other work such as 3DShell and CyanogenPSP
- Dark mode which is great if using it in the dark
- The ability to copy/move/paste and rename files and folders
- A picture viewer with support for PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF images
- An audio player with support for MP3, WAV and OGG formats among others – added in this release
- Many other features such as a ZIP extractor and the ability to sort files and folders
What got updated/added in NX-Shell Beta 3?
NX-Shell Beta 3 brings along:
- Touchscreen support by StevenMattera.
- This is a great addition since NX-Shell UI’s has an Android-esque feeling which of course implies the presence of a touchscreen
- An audio player that supports MP3, OGG, WAV, MIDI (reported to be not working), FLAC and MOD formats.
- Of course, it supports pause/play functionality but you can only go between files via next/previous when listening to MP3 files.
- An on-screen keyboard, based on the stock Android 5.0+ one, that enables you to create new folders and rename files as both actions require some type of text input; something that was not possible before this release.
- The right/left d-pad buttons can now be used to skip to the beginning or end of a directory.
- Some bugs were fixed including one which stopped NX-Shell from working properly when opening empty directories
As demonstrated by the above, this update is pretty substantial and it’s strongly advised to install it whenever you have time.
In order to get NX-Shell Beta 3, simply follow the link below and grab the NRO file to install on your Nintendo Switch. If you encounter any bugs/issues, report them to Joel16 via the GitHub or GBATemp links below.
NX-Shell Beta 3 GitHub page (download link + changelog + donation link): https://github.com/joel16/NX-Shell/releases/latest
NX-Shell GBATemp link (more information): https://gbatemp.net/threads/nx-shell-multipurpose-file-manager-for-nintendo-switch.505332/
N.B: Please note that I could not test the software mentioned in this article as I currently do not own a Switch. The best efforts have been made to report accurate information through online research! I am aware that the article’s featured image is from Beta 2! – Aurora.