You no longer need to wonder when you can throw warning to the wind and install Android on your Switch. Homebrew developers at XDA have launched the first publicly available Android firmware for Nintendo’s system, a take on the Android 8.1-based LineageOS 15.1 for compatible models. It is still buggy, together with issues with battery life, auto-rotation, and sensitive touchscreen input, however, the core functionality is there. Effectively, it is a small Android tablet with a pair of controllers attached – you can browse the web, play 3D games and otherwise use it like you would different mobile gadgets.
It is even based on the Android tree related to NVIDIA’s Shield TV, so Tegra-exclusive titles like Borderlands and Half-Life 2 will run.
It might be an understatement to say there are caveats with this firmware. Even if you can stay with the bugs, you should not expect assist from Nintendo if things go haywire. You also need a hackable Switch within the first place, and newer revisions of the console may not support this within the first place. You will have to boot into the Hekate tool, you will know that it’ll work. That is the definition of risky, and also you probably should not try it if you want to be completely sure that Super Smash Bros. will nonetheless work when all is said and done.
With that stated, it is a vital achievement in console modding. While you have been allowed to install Linux on the PS3 at one point, that is different. You are installing an easy-to-use mobile operating system with a rich library of apps and games — you could keep utilizing this well after the novelty wears off.