New Nintendo hardware could be Android based

By Matt Martin, Monday, 1 June 2015 09:58 GMT

A report is suggesting that Nintendo’s new hardware, codenamed NX, will be built around the Android operating system.

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According to Japanese business site Nikkei, translated via Neogaf, the NX will have an Android architecture to make it more open to developers.

The Android system is designed specifically for touch screens, but can also be found in consoles such as the Ouya and the Nvidia Shield.

Nintendo revealed the existence of the NX earlier in the year, with CEO Satoru Iwata stating that he found the idea of iterating on current hardware as “dull”.

“In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a gaming platform gradually changed,” he said. “If you only expand upon existing hardware, it’s dull.
“In some shape or form, we’re always thinking about how we want to surprise players as well as our desire to change each person’s video gaming life.”

Nintendo isn’t expected to show off the NX at E3 later this month.

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