A few technology and gaming publications have had a test of the new Nintendo Switch Online app that’s currently available to download via the App Store and Google Play. Ars Technica is one of these publications and unfortunately they haven’t come away impressed. Ars says that the application works in the foreground and not the background meaning that you can’t do anything else on your phone while using the voice chat feature like swiping down to check your notifications and messages. If you do, so you’ll be disconnected from the chat, which admittedly sounds like a pain. Here’s a few choice quotes from their write-up of the application:
- Voice chat cannot run in the background while using your phone for other purposes such as “texts, social media, etc
- What’s more, early testing confirms that the app won’t work if your phone goes into power-saving “sleep mode,” with the screen inactive. And don’t bother trying to use the app to chat with your Switch friends while away from the system, either: you can only join chat rooms with people when you’re actively playing a specific, supported game with them.
- Everything from Skype to Discord to the built-in phone app on your smartphone lets you continue talking to others while doing other things with the phone. For Nintendo to require its app to run in the foreground when other apps prove it’s not necessary is just strange.