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The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con may just be a better Bluetooth camera shutter than game controller

The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con may just be a better Bluetooth camera shutter than game controller

Taking a group shot on your phone is more challenging than it has to be. Sure, you can set up a timer to go off after a few seconds, but there's no guarantee you'll be smiling with the shutter finally clicks. Remote shutters can make things a lot easier, but who wants to pay extra cash just for the occasional opportunity to capture a family portrait? If you're the owner of a Nintendo Switch, you're in luck. Just grab a Joy-Con the next time you need to take a photo remotely.

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This smartphone has physical kill switches for its cameras, microphone, data, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi

This smartphone has physical kill switches for its cameras, microphone, data, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi

Modern smartphones can feel like technological black boxes. The mobile operating systems that power them have become incredibly complex, with often hundreds or possible even thousands of various functions that can trigger things like your GPS, cellular modem, or Bluetooth radio. Even when you tell your phone to turn off certain things, like Wi-Fi, our phones don't always do as they're told. But it doesn't have to be that way, provided you're willing to dive very, very deep into the Linux end of the smartphone pool. The PinePhone is one of the few mobile devices with hardware kill switches for common features, giving you full control over your smartphone.

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FYI: Android 10 supports the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

FYI: Android 10 supports the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Mobile gaming continues to grow in relevance, with significant releases like Fortnite and PUBG being published on smartphones, but many titles have been held back by awkward touchscreen controls. External controller support in Android has worked to address that, giving players more powerful options. It turns out a pretty big one arrived thanks to an AOSP commit this past June, granting Android gamepad mappings for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

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Today only: pick up an Ecobee thermostat at Best Buy and get a free Switch+ ($80 value)

Today only: pick up an Ecobee thermostat at Best Buy and get a free Switch+ ($80 value)

Ecobee thermostats come highly recommended here at Android Police, with the Ecobee4 earning the top thermostat ranking in our list of the best smart home devices. Things only got better with the introduction of the company's SmartThermostat, which improved on the Ecobee4 by updating the processor, improving sound quality, and the addition of 5GHz Wifi compatibility. In an exciting smart home-focused deal that is available from Best Buy for one day only, buyers will receive a free Ecobee Switch+ with the purchase of either the SmartThermostat or Ecobee3 Lite.

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Android does what Nintendon't: First unofficial ROM arrives on the Switch

Android does what Nintendon't: First unofficial ROM arrives on the Switch

Developer group 'switchroot' has been working on porting Android to the Nintendo Switch for a while now, and a few days ago, most of the documentation and installation guides appeared. If you've been itching to play Candy Crush on your Switch, the unofficial Android ROM has finally been released.

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Nintendo Switch expected to get unofficial Android ROM within the next few days

Nintendo Switch expected to get unofficial Android ROM within the next few days

Late yesterday, the developers responsible for the long-awaited Android ROM for the Nintendo Switch (a group known as switchroot) pushed up a thread to the XDA forums describing most of its upcoming features, limitations, and even the installation process. All that's missing at this point is download links, but the page says the developers expect to have them posted soon — on the order of days.

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See Overwatch running on a Nintendo Switch - courtesy of Android

See Overwatch running on a Nintendo Switch - courtesy of Android

Earlier this year, a handful of enterprising developers were able to boot Android Q on the Nintendo Switch, though it was pretty rough at the time. In the intervening months, they've made quite a lot of progress, and a new @switchroot_org Twitter account was started yesterday to show off the group's achievements, which include rigging Nintendo's console to play Overwatch via Nvidia's GameStream.

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Developers have Android Q running on the Nintendo Switch

Developers have Android Q running on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's wildly successful Switch console is a hybrid—part handheld and part big screen gaming. Inside, it has hardware that many Android fans will recognize as being very tablet-like. Nintendo doesn't use Android on the Switch, but an independent project is working to make that possible. There's now a very early build of Android Q up and running on the device.

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dbrand's new Swarm material is its most textured, tactile, and dynamic yet - get it at 20% off right now [Sponsored Post]

dbrand's new Swarm material is its most textured, tactile, and dynamic yet - get it at 20% off right now [Sponsored Post]

Electronics skins from dbrand. Why do you need one on your phone, laptop, console, or other devices? Well, they add grip, and a layer of protection against wear and tear, dings and scratches. Let's be honest though, you could accomplish that with some duct tape and a exact-o-knife if you wanted to get crafty. The things that set dbrand's skins apart are that they are perfectly cut to fit your device and –most importantly– they look freaking awesome. 

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OnePlus Switch adds support for iPhone data transfer [APK Download]

OnePlus Switch adds support for iPhone data transfer [APK Download]

Changing to a new phone can be a hassle; it's especially annoying for those of us who have to do it often. Thankfully, many OEMs include a proprietary data transfer app to help you through the process. OnePlus has the Switch app, and it's just been updated with support for moving from an iPhone.

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