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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

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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.

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PewDiePie mortified after fans dig up embarrassing story from years ago

Published: 25/Nov/2020 0:04 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 0:06

by Brent Koepp

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Popular YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was jokingly trolled by fans after they made memes about an embarrassing story he revealed in an interview from years ago.

PewDiePie may be known today as the most popular YouTuber in the world with over 107 million subscribers to his channel. However, in 2010, he was virtually unknown as he was learning to make content while in Sweden.

During his latest upload, a story from Kjellberg’s past came back to haunt him. The star reacted to fans creating memes about an embarrassing shower incident that he revealed in a video he posted a couple years back.

YouTuber PewDiePie with his hands over his face.
YouTube: PewDiePie
The Swedish YouTuber joked that he regrets telling fans the embarrassing story years ago.

PewDiePie fans dig up hilarious story from his past

During the November 23 episode of Last Week I Asked You, the Swede reacted to fans making memes about a story he had revealed in 2017. “If you are confused by this, don’t ask. Because I’m not saying it again,” the 31-year-old laughed.

When more viewers continued to make jokes about the embarrassing incident, the star exclaimed, “Why did I share this story?! Stop it! I had no choice. I do not control my anus!”

For those baffled by what he is talking about, fans are referencing a story the YouTuber explained in a previous upload from three years ago. When Kjellberg was younger, he got violently sick, and had to go to the bathroom in a shower at a harbor in Sweden.

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The embarrassing incident was revealed by the content creator in an in-depth interview he did with his friend in 2017. In the one-hour video, Pewds went over his entire life story and included his triumphs and failures – including the infamous shower story.

“I had eaten something weird that night. I felt it a few hours later [after eating] at the party. And I’m like I need to s**t right now, or else I’m going to s**t myself in front of everybody. So I ran. It was that state of emergency!” he said.

Unfortunately when he reached the public bathroom, there was a massive line of people out the door. “So I told them, “Guys, this is an emergency I need to go!” … But no one would listen to me. So I ran in [to the restroom] anyways and I found a toilet. But it was a shower. So I took a s**t in the shower.”

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Hilariously, the entertainer when on to explain that he eventually got a job at the same harbor, and the bathroom incident had became a legend with employees. “I got a job at that very harbor, and they would always tell the story about the man that took a s**t in the shower,” he laughed.

Despite the story being known for a few years now, fans of the content creator have recently been digging it up to make memes. If nothing else, the hilarious tale is a good example of “if you have to go, you have to go.” Kjellberg’s fans, of course, are only teasing him out of love.