Ok, tinkering is good, and you want to install Android OS on your Pi 3, that’s something interesting. Here I have shown a complete guide on how to install Android on Raspberry Pi 3 which will help you do your job more quickly and easily. Without any further ado, let’s check the article below.
The Raspbian is the best Operating System for Raspberry Pi and that we know. But, Google’s Android OS which also runs on ARM hardware like Pi, provides something great for the Pi 3 users. With this Linux-Based system, the next-gen coders will get a push to an advanced level of coding. As Google has not yet revealed the codes for installing Android on Pi 3, this may happen in short future for sure, but currently, you have other options to install, run, and use Android Operating System on a Pi 3 device.
Steps for installing Android OS on Raspberry Pi 3
Step-1: Get the files you need first
You need to first get the RTAndroid on your Raspberry Pi 3. You can follow the video tutorials available online for doing this.
To download RTAndroid, follow the steps below:
- Go to the official website of RT Android
- Go to ‘Download’ section
- Click on ‘Device Updates’
- Select ‘Raspberry Pi 3’
Step-2: Install the OS
With the help of RTAndroid, you will be able to install Operating System and then can download apps and games from Google Play Store.
Step-3: Use Linux for installation by running it in a virtual environment of Windows OS.
Step-4: Now, unzip the downloaded file of RTAndroid.
Step-5: Mount it on your Raspberry Pi SD card and run the script installed.
Getting Android for Raspberry Pi 3 is in-self an exciting and energetic term. Already able to do a lot more like a desktop PC with the Linux Distribution, if the Pi gets a support of an Android, then it can do tasks like your phone, and that’s for sure. But you should also remember some things when you are using your best Raspberry Pi starter kit.
- The RTAndroid developed by Embedded Software Laboratory provides a platform and environment for the Raspberry Pi devices, to execute real-time applications.
- You will face some limitations like:
- You will not be able to use the touchscreen even if you use the official touchscreen of Raspberry Pi device.
- You may face some issues in hardware accelerations.
Installing Android OS on Raspberry Pi 3 is not too much difficult, and if you follow the above steps, then you will find it as an easy and quick process. To install the OS, a 4GB SD card is enough to handle the Operating System and other media files of apps and games you download and install. Though the Android may make your Raspberry Pi work slower, as Google is thinking to support the most popular single board computer in the world after launching its latest Android 7.0 OS – Nougat, this may be solved in future. Hope this article is useful to you and will guide you to get an Android for Raspberry Pi. Let us know your thoughts on this.
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