Nintendo Flirted With Cyanogen For The Nintendo Switch OS; Executive Told Them To “Stick It”

Mar 22, 2017 05:26 EDT

It appears that Nintendo approached Android software company Cyanogen to develop an OS for the recently released Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo’s new hybrid platform now runs a custom Nintendo operating system, but an Android OS for the Switch was considered by the Japanese gaming behemoth.

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At least, that’s what Cyanogen's executive chairman, Kirt McMaster, said in some recent Tweets. According to the Cyanogen executive, he was asked to help develop an operating system for a “certain portable” – an offer which he ‘kindly’  turned down. McMaster’s initial tweet was unfortunately deleted, but this is what he tweeted yesterday:

@romainguy @dnaltews @rebelleader In the early days of cyanogen Nintendo wanted us to create an os for a certain portable. I told them to stick it.

— Kirt McMaster (@kynprime) March 21, 2017

In a follow-up tweet, McMaster stated that the Switch is mostly using custom kernel, while bits of Android were also used.

It would have been quite interesting to see Nintendo’s Switch run on the most popular OS on the mobile market.

The Nintendo Switch is available globally now, and recent sales figures indicate that Nintendo is doing quite well with it. According to retailer GameStop, the Switch could very well "eclipse" Nintendo's best-selling console to date, the Wii.

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