Android 10 released for hacked Nintendo Switch consoles – Based on LineageOS 17.1, supports better deep sleep and Android TV
Android for the Nintendo Switch has been around for quite a while but now, it’s just received a major update with an Android 10 build! In this article, we’ll be looking at this release together with what it brings to the table.
Android 10 released for the Nintendo Switch
Having received its first major update since Android 8.1, the Switch’s newest Android offering is now on-par with Google’s 2019 Android release which is the most widely-used Android version worldwide right now. Before moving onto Switch-specific information, notable features gained through the jump from Android 8.1 to 10.0 include:
- A system-level dark mode
- The new gesture-based navigation system introduced in Android 10
- A somewhat refreshed UI thanks to Android 9.0 (Pie) design changes
When it comes to the Switch, the Android 10 update doesn’t simply update the Android OS version but it also brings some welcome improvements of its own. These include full Android TV functionality which can be a god-send for those that use docked mode, deep sleep that can last for weeks, a better WiFi driver, improved Bluetooth accessory support and much more which can be read about in the release post below.
As usual, to get Android on your Switch, your console must be hacked and you need a spare SD Card to which you flash the Android image. There are currently two images you may flash namely a ‘Tablet mode’ image (full Android) and an ‘Android TV’ image for those who’d rather use their Switch primarily for media as it might hurt app support. For the best experience, it is recommended to flash Google Apps and two ZIPs namely “Alarm Disable” (disables alarms and notifications in sleep for much better battery life) and “XBOX Joycon Layout” (swaps A/B with X/Y to match an XBOX controller) – these may also be found in the release post linked below.
You may get Android 10 on your Switch by simply following the link below which contains download links for all the files you require together with instructions on how to run everything on your Switch. Beware, the instructions contain 20 steps so make sure you have some time on your hand before attempting to run Android on your console 🙂
Android 10 for the Switch XDA release post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/rom-unofficial-switchroot-android-10.4229761/