How to define a Raspberry Pi? Basically we have a plate that is a mini. It has everything you need to be: CPU, RAM, ports, power, connectivity, output video and audio… And all in a very compact space and at a very cheap price ($35). And like all computer must be put an operating system.
The operating system that almost everyone uses the PI Raspberry is Linux, a distribution based on Debian. The latest model of the Raspberry Pi, which is on everyone’s lips, even you can be Windows 10. And Ubuntu will be supported natively since it adds the ARMv7 instruction set. Now well, We can also get you Android. How and for what?
Install Android on the Raspberry Pi
In principle there is no much problem to put Android in a Raspberry Pi, both old versions as the new. We have a “PC” with a processor based on ARM, as almost all the Android phones. So what we have to do is find a ROM that is ready for Raspberry Pi.
The problem is that Android is usually not very popular in Raspberry Pi and there is so much support other operating systems. The most popular version of Android for Raspberry Pi is Cyanogen 7.2. Yes, we are talking about an Android 2.3 is remaining rather outdated.
To install the ROM you have to download Cyanogen 7.2 image to your computer. If you use Winddows just unzip the file and use Win32 Disk Imager for flashing the img file on an SD card formatted to FAT32 and at least 4 GB of capacity.
If you use Mac or Linux, you’ll have to use an operating system command for flashing images, the following:
sudo dd bs = 4 M if = route. img of = / dev/sdx
Where ruta.img is the path to the file and sdx is the physical point of our card. Mac change something the thing, because the physical points have the form /Dev/diskxxx.
For what Android in our Raspberry Pi?
One of the principalmes of Raspberry Pi functions is to make of Media Center. You can connect an external hard drive (or a pendrive of large capacity) and use the monitor output to connect to television. So you can convert your TV is smart TV at a cost very low.
The advantage of Android is that there are many applications, both playback, games, music or even torrent clients. ES an operating system very versatile for media centers.
However, Android 2.3 is very old. Hopefully soon we’ll see newer versions of Android taking into account that the new Raspberry Pi is much more CPU power and RAM to pull the operating system (the reprouccion of video is not a problem, the GPU is sufficient).
Why not use Android?
But There are also reasons not to use Android. The main is that as Media Center, we have a very good solution, which is Kodi (the old XBMC). It is a specially adapted software to use it on our TV. There are versions for Windows and Android but also directly on Linux.
So if what you want is to exclusively use Raspberry IP as Media Center I would save me Android as layer intermediate and would ride me a Kodi on Linux, for example Raspbmc or OpenElec. And, Yes, use my mobile Android to remotely control the Media Center.
If you want it to use as a gaming platform then Kodi cannot compete with Android, though it remains to be seen what such pays the new version Raspberry Pi hardware when you take out new more advanced ROMs. If what you want is games on emulators also it would save me Android and would pull directly by Rearfoot and Lakka, two great systems to play older games on Raspberry Pi.