Nintendo Switch Online finally supports voice chat while your phone is locked

Nintendo Switch Online finally supports voice chat while your phone is locked

Nintendo Switch Online finally supports voice chat while your phone is locked

Those last two problems are so egregious, and so against how modern smartphone apps work, that it's unbelievable Nintendo has released an app with those restrictions in the first place. After not being present on the console at launch, features like voice chat released alongside Splatoon 2 back in July. What players were given certainly wasn't an encouraging sign for a service that Nintendo wants us to pay for at some point in the future. Not only was the app required for voice chat over the Switch, but the voice chat functionality would be disabled if the user tried to use another app or put their phone into sleep mode.

Improved support for Bluetooth devices.

This... is a start.

"Right now there's just not enough there to justify downloading it", Martin wrote, "and beyond the stat-tracking of Splatnet it's more of a fuss using its voice chat than heading to an external alternative such as Discord". App users also found that voice chat would stop if other apps were opened. The main focus of the app was for voice chat but people quickly discovered that if their phones entered sleep mode then the chat would stop working.

(*1) This excludes apps with audio output or apps that use the microphone.

Note: On devices using Android 6.0 or later, voice chat can not be used during sleep mode while power-saving features are activated. As laudable as this change might be, all it does is add basic, expected functionality to the app.

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