Android 11 port for Nintendo Switch teased by Switchroot team
The Switchroot team, which specialize on open source software on the Nintendo Switch, are hinting at an upcoming release of Android 11 for the Nintendo Switch. The team had released Android 10 for the Switch, last year.
Android on Nintendo Switch
It’s been possible to install Android on a hacked Switch for a while.
The Switch shares a lot of similarities with the Nvidia Shield, so one could expect to have similar features on both devices when running Android, but the team had warned in the past that Shield games will not work on their Android port. Whether this will be the case with Android 11 as well, remains to be confirmed.
The team leverages Hekate‘s partition mechanism to allow for some nice dual boot. Install the Android system on an SD card, and you can easily switch (no pun intended) between the original OS and your Android build.
Android 11 on Nintendo Switch, what’s new?
— switchroot (@switchroot_org) May 7, 2022
The team hasn’t shared a huge amount of details, but we can expect the following fixes:
Fixed from Q:
- Desktop GL (untested on icosa)
- HWC (docking has issues)
However, Switchroot have warned that sensors and HWC docking are still broken in this upcoming version.
Download Android for your Nintendo Switch
Until Android 11 gets a proper release, you can still get the Android 10 release from the release thread over at XDA-Developers. There is a detailed tutorial on how to install and run the build. With more than 20 steps, it might look intimidating, but if you’ve ever used Hekate in the past it’s actually pretty straightforward.