GIVEN THE NINTENDO SWITCH is an ARM-powered tablet, could it change from a brilliant portable games system to a run-of-the-mill Android tablet?
Yes, if you really want to make that baffling downgrade, you now can thanks to developers Billy Laws and Max Keller, who have succeeded in getting an early build of the upcoming Android Q running on a console that they could be using to play Mario Kart right now.
Little as we understand the impulse to use the Switch for anything but finding all the hidden secrets in the Mario canon, we do have to concede that it's impressive from a technical level. WiFi, Bluetooth and the Joy-Cons are all working in the familiar Android environment, and you can now actually use the Switch to browse the web, which is handy in a world where nobody has a portable internet-connected device right there in their pocket at all times.
Yes, this could genuinely be the best Android gaming device out there, so it would probably be churlish to point out that the best Android games aren't a patch on the worst Nintendo ones. Yes, even Wii Music.
Even if you wanted to burn your warranty in order to sub Mario for Candy Crush, you probably shouldn't yet. Right now, GPU support isn't functional but "work to fix that is underway." If it looks a bit laggy in the video above, it's because Android for Switch is currently using CPU-based graphics, so good luck running anything even slightly demanding on it.
While you wouldn't catch up sacrificing our Switch for yet another Android device, it's an impressive technical achievement. More importantly, it's a reminder that for some people the challenge of repurposing software is far more enjoyable than the prospect of ousting Bowser one more time. µ
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