We won’t see Nintendo’s NX game system until late 2016 and while Nintendo has been very guarded about releasing information about the system, the internet has been on fire with rumors that the NX will run on Google’s Android OS.
Using Android as an OS would be a major change for Nintendo, who since the launch of the classic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, have designed their own hardware and software. Like Mode 7 – the technology that enabled game designers and developers to start toying with three dimensional games on a Nintendo console – it was a major selling point for the Super Nintendo system.
But a Nintendo spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.” In using the Android OS, analyst speculated that Nintendo would make the NX platform more appetizing to developers who haven’t rallied around the Wii U. Nintendo’s NX game system is expected to be a console, but could be a handheld.
While the Nintendo NX platform won’t support the Android OS, there are thousands of products do. In fact, Android OS is the most used operating system in the world, it powers smart TV’s, smartphones and more.
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