Running homebrew on Nintendo Switch is nothing new, but now Android 10 has arrived on the game console, but not in the way you expect. First off, you’ll need an older console that Nintendo has not yet patched. If compatible, the Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 port is just a download away. This unofficial port for the Switch includes OTA updates, full Joy-Con + Pro Controller support, a deep sleep mode, optimized dock support, improved Bluetooth accessory support, and more. Read more for a video and additional information.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a platform-adventure action role-playing game that was originally released by Konami in 1997 for the PlayStation, but today, it has hit both iOS and Android platforms. At $2.99 without any in-app purchases, this updated game comes complete with a new “continue” feature, Bluetooth controller support, achievements, and has English / Japanese / German / French / Italian / Spanish language options. Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.
Microsoft launched its Xbox Console Streaming for some, which lets you stream Xbox One games directly to your Android device. Right now, it’s available to US or UK users who are Xbox Insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings. If you just so happen to be in that group, a device running Android 6.0 or higher and a Bluetooth-capable Xbox One controller are required to take part, but a controller clip is also recommended for the best gameplay experience. Read more for a video and additional information.
Activision, in collaboration with Tencent, has just released Call of Duty: Mobile in all countries where Google Play and the iOS App Store are supported. This game brings the first-person action experience that fans are familiar with to the small screen for the first time ever, complete with fan-favorite maps, modes, weapons and characters from across Call of Duty, including the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series. Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.
Nintendo’s long-awaited Mario Kart Tourarrives on iOS and Android devices tomorrow, September 25, and to kick things off, players will also be able to experience the game’s first “Tour,” a biweekly event that takes place in different locations and give players a chance to unlock special characters. Unlike previous games in the series, this one features courses inspired by real-world locations, with the first based on New York City. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Google Android 10 has been officially released, and Pixel phones will be the first to get the OS upgrade. New features include a system-wide dark mode, new privacy settings (apps can only access location while open, etc.), and many more gesture actions by default – swiping takes you forwards and backwards in apps, brings up a list of recent apps, and other tasks that previously required dedicated buttons. Read more to see the Nonogram puzzle Easter egg.
If you’ve always wanted a Tesla-like touchscreen display for your car, look no further than Sony’s new XAV-AX8000 in-car media receiver. Once installed, you get an 8.95-inch, anti-glare display that seamlessly hovers over your dashboard and only requires a single-DIN space. Unlike other head units, this one supports both both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via USB, complete with hands-free voice control. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Huawei HarmonyOs is the company’s official Android replacement, unveiled at a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan, China. The operating system is known as HongMengOS in Chinese, which translates to “bring more harmony and convenience to the world”. This software is crucial if the White House tightens the ban on US companies selling technology products to Huawei, which would include Google’s Android operating system. Read more for a video and additional information.
The team over at XDA Developers brings an unofficial port of Android to the Nintendo Switch, complete with Joy-Con support. To be more specific, Switch owners with consoles purchased prior to summer 2018 are now able to boot LineageOS 15.1 directly from an SD card. This version of Lineage includes all Android features, support for Google Play services, and is capable of running native Nvidia Shield apps. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
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The Nintendo Switch Lite will be here for this holiday season, but does it really have any competitors? Quite frankly, there are no other dedicated portable game consoles that can match up with this gaming giant. Art. Lebedev Studio may have come up with the next best solution, the AGC, or Android Gaming Console, which sports a D-pad, thumb sticks, traditional XYAB buttons, and even two shoulder buttons. Other features include: stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and even an optional dock. Unlike the Switch, this smart device can also be used as a smartphone. Read more for additional pictures and information.