The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console. You can dock it into the console when you want to play on the big screen and just take it along with you as a handheld console when you want to play games on the move. In handheld mode, it has the specs that are not unlike those of an Android tablet. However, Nintendo doesn’t officially use Android on the Switch, but a team of developers has shown that it is possible to get Android up and running on the console.

The Nintendo Switch has an NVIDIA Tegra X1 which is the same processor as the Google Pixel C tablet and the Shield TV. Both of those devices run on the Android platform. It also has 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM.

The Switch packs a punch even though the Tegra chip is underclocked. That hasn’t prevented developers Billy Laws and Max Keller from running a very early build of Android Q on the device complete with support for the touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the Joy-Cons.

It’s pertinent to mention here that it’s likely going to be a long time before the average user can run Android on the Switch. Android Q hasn’t even entered developer preview and this experiment is based on pre-release images. This project holds potential and could be interesting to see how it progresses going forward.

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