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Linus Tech Tips explains why you should install Android on Nintendo Switch

Published: 24/Feb/2020 16:06 Updated: 24/Feb/2020 16:12

by Matt Porter


The Nintendo Switch has quickly become one of the most popular handheld consoles ever with hundreds of games for players to choose from, but for those who are looking to squeeze even more functionality from their device, Linus Tech Tips have done a deep-dive on why you should consider rooting your Switch to get the Android operating system on it.

According to reports from December 2019, Nintendo have sold over 49 million units, with consumers flocking to buy the console both for its portability, and the extensive list of exclusive titles it boasts, like Pokemon, the Super Mario franchise, or The Legend of Zelda, all games that can only be played on the system.

For some though, they want their Switch to do even more, and now Linus and Riley from the ever-popular Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel have found a way to load Android onto the system, and turn it into an all-in-one gaming platform that should be able to fulfill anything you ask of it, including playing titles from other platforms.

Linus and Riley playing Halo 5 using Xbox Game Pass.
YouTube: Linus Tech Tips
Linus and Riley were able to get Halo 5 running on their Nintendo Switch thanks to Xbox Game Pass.

In the video, Riley is able to load Android on to Linus’ Switch using a tool called ‘Switchroot,’ which allows him to load a modified version of the mobile operating system on to the device. Using it, Riley is able to show off how the console can suddenly load webpages using the Chrome browser, and can even play Netflix, although he admitted that he hadn’t installed the add-ons necessary to take in content from the media powerhouse just yet.

Next up were emulators, that are unavailable on the console’s base software, allowing the pair to play titles that are no longer available like classics from the NES or SNES systems, or even games that were only available on other platforms like the PlayStation 1.

The highlight of the experiment was the game streaming functionality though, as Linus admitted that it was “really cool” to play Halo 5 on the Switch thanks to Xbox Games Pass, even though there was some slight delay involved due to playing online, calling the ability to play classic titles “amazing.”

“We’re not making any permanent changes to the system,” the YouTuber explained, with Riley agreeing: “The possibility of running Android on a Switch is so interesting to me. I love how portable it is, you can run emulators on your phone but it’s just not the same as having a singular gaming device for Nintendo games, streaming, and retro games.”

Unfortunately, not everyone who owns a Switch will be able to load Android onto their systems, with the pair explaining that only old version of the console have the backdoor that allows Switchroot to work, but searching the serial number of your console should help you figure out if your device is compatible on the tool’s website.

Of course, there are always risks involved when playing around with the operating system on your device, so anyone who decides to use Switchroot does so at their own peril.


Charli D’Amelio slams “hurtful” rumors that her parents force her to post online

Published: 18/Jan/2021 22:29

by Virginia Glaze


As the current queen of TikTok, Charli D’Amelio is no stranger to being swept up in internet drama — but a recent rumor involving her family has caused the star to lash out in a series of social media posts.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Boasting over 106 million fans on the viral video app, Charli saw a huge surge in growth throughout 2020, acquiring her own makeup line and even scoring a partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts, among other accomplishments.

With great internet fame comes great… drama, apparently, as the youngest D’Amelio sibling also found herself in a slew of “scandals” last year — and the turmoil isn’t over yet, as the New Year seems to be kicking off with a disturbing rumor regarding Charli’s parents.

The rumor itself, circulating online via comments on Instagram tea pages and TikTok fan accounts, alleges that Charli is unhappy being an influencer and is “forced” to post TikToks by her parents to keep up with their elevated lifestyle.

Charli D'Amelio hits back at rumors
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The D’Amelio family have been a source of near-constant rumors and speculation among fans ever since Charli and Dixie’s rise to fame.

However, Charli has vehemently denied these claims, as told in a series of biting comments via TikTok on January 18, 2021.

“I am so fortunate to have such amazing parents, and when people spread fake, hurtful and false rumors about my family, I have to put my foot down,” she began.

“I have an amazing dad and family who have never hurt or taken advantage of me, ever. Please stop spreading these lies. If I am not in the mood to post, I don’t. No one is forcing me. My parents care about my mental health more than anything.”

It seems that Charli’s reply has been met with mixed reviews among critics, who claim that the star is avoiding responsibility for a recent Bahamas vacation — but this is far from the first time the D’Amelio’s have had to address similar rumors that spiraled out of control.

Last year, Dixie released a comparable response after fans claimed that her parents treated her poorly and “worse” than her younger sister, with YouTube drama channels pointing out moments in family videos where the eldest D’Amelio sibling was being teased.

Dixie D'Amelio tiktok comments
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Dixie was very blunt with those making accusations of her parents’ alleged favoritism.

Luckily, both stars shut down the rumors quickly and brutally — although there’s no telling what other theories fans are bound to come up with in the future.