At least, that's the word according to Kirt McMaster, former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Cyanogen Inc. McMaster tweeted that in the "early days of Cyanogen" the company was approached by Nintendo with a request to help "create an OS for a certain portable." McMaster didn't specifically say the Switch (although Nintendo appears to have stopped developing any other portable) nor did he specifically say Android, but of course you don't approach Cyanogen unless you're looking for Android experts. At the very least, we are confident the OS would have been based on Android, but could have been forked significantly.
McMaster claims he told Nintendo to "stick it." (All of these tweets have since been deleted.) Ultimately, Nintendo used "bits of Android" according to McMaster.
Given that Cyanogen Inc. had to end the CyanogenMod project and layoff a lot of its staff, it might be pretty easy to judge that decision as a major mistake by McMaster. And, it's also a big missed opportunity for us nerds of the world because a Nintendo portable tablet-like console that could run Android apps would have been a killer gadget for sure. Essentially, it would have been a Nintendo branded NVIDIA Shield.
What do you guys think? Did Cyanogen make a mistake not taking up Nintendo's offer?