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Nintendo Updates The Switch Online App With Better Voice Chat

Just one day before Nintendo is set to air a new Nintendo Direct, where it’s expected to discuss details on the Switch and 3DS games coming in the next months, an update has been pushed for the Nintendo Switch Online App on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Nintendo’s Switch Online App famously launched with a very limited offering of features alongside some frustrating limitations behind the voice chat capabilities the app is based around. While the actual voice function of the chat worked fine enough, it would cut off any and all voice chat capabilities whenever the app was closed or the screen was locked. Seeing as this would require your phone to remain unlocked and open on the Nintendo Switch Online App, the app turned out to be an inconvenient and rather rudimentary implementation of voice chat. With the app’s new update, this issue seems to now have been addressed, along with some other bug fixes.

Below is the official changelog for the update to 1.1.0:

What’s new

  • Voice chat will now continue when other apps are opened.
  • Voice chat will now continue during sleep mode.
  • Improved support for Bluetooth devices.
  • Other issues are now resolved.

Note: On devices using Android 6.0 or later, voice chat cannot be used during sleep mode while power-saving features are activated. To use voice chat during sleep mode, go to Settings/Other in this app, then select Power Saving Settings and deactivate battery optimisation for this app

Seeing as this update has appeared less than 24 hours before Nintendo’s new Direct, it is likely no coincidence. Perhaps Nintendo will be using the Direct to discuss its upcoming online service, launching in 2018, in more detail. Be sure to tune in live to Nintendo’s YouTube or Twitch streams tomorrow to watch the Direct live at 3 p.m. PT or 6 p.m. ET to find out. And be sure to follow along with our coverage of the Direct tomorrow right here on Pixelated.

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