Updated 12:38 PM EDT, Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Nintendo NX Updates: Platform Launching With Native OS? Source Axes Android Claims [Report]

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Nintendo Co. has denied rumors claiming that the video game company is planning to utilize the Android operating system on their next-generation console with the development codename "NX."

"There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX," a Nintendo spokesman said, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.

The company spokesperson's statement was a response to the claims made by Japan's business newspaper Nikkei, which cited sources at Nintendo's Kyoto headquarters confirming about the involvement of Google's Android OS in the upcoming NX gaming console.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Nikkei said that "by adopting Android it will be able to tap into a deep pool of software developers already creating programs for mobile platforms."

Nintendo's brand-new gaming platform was revealed last March during the company's announcement of their plan to create official Nintendo smartphone games, IGN reported. This move from the multinational corporation only serves as a reminder that they have not given up when it comes to manufacturing dedicated game systems.

The Android OS has been introduced in various smartphone and tablet models already, The Wall Street Journal noted. Right now, the OS has been expanding to wearable devices and in televisions as well. Nikkei's report has pointed out that Nintendo's current generation Wii U console, which has a touchscreen controller, proved to be difficult to be touched upon by software developers.

Analysts admitted that there are upsides to an Android-based Nintendo game console, but they also said that "possible security issues may not mesh well with Nintendo's strategy of appealing to non-core gaming audiences such as children, women and families," the news outlet wrote.

There aren't many details provided for the NX yet, but IGN noted that Nintendo has announced that they are aiming to "take a wildly different direction" in the gaming console than its previously released platforms. It should be expected that Nintendo will reveal more information about the NX next year.

The NX, as well as the company's hardware devices, will be produced through Nintendo's partnership with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA, IGN added. GameSpot reported that the NX will likely be released in 2016, according to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.

Iwata also confirmed that mobile and quality of life titles will not be unveiled at the E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo.

"Since we understand that E3 is an event for dedicated video game machines, we do not intend to discuss the smart devices as well as quality of life," the CEO said, as reported by GameSpot.

Watch a video below posted by IGN pertaining to Nintendo's denial of using Google's Android OS on NX.

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