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Back when the Switch was known as the Nintendo NX there were rumours which suggested that the console would make use of Google's Android operating system, and according to former Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, the Japanese giant actually went as far as to approach Cyanogen regarding its OS.

For those of you who don't follow the wild and wacky world of Android and its off-shoots, Cyanogen is the company behind CyanogenMod, an open-source operating system for smartphones and tablets which is based on the Android. The company's aim was to take on Google and produce a better version of the mobile OS, but at the end of last year the firm shut down its OS and refocused its business.

McMaster - famed for his rather outlandish statements - claims that not only did Nintendo get in touch regarding an OS for a future console, it also used bits of Android in the final Switch software:


Before you mentally paint McMaster as something of a Nintendo hater, it's worth pointing out that he's got a Switch and utterly loves it:

Cyanogen as a company is a mere shadow of its former self, and you have to wonder if McMaster regrets having turned down Nintendo, given how successful the Switch appears to be. Perhaps if he had agreed to working with the Japanese firm then he'd still be CEO and Cyanogen would be entering a brave new world of OS design.

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