Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Raspberry Pi runs Android for the first time in history

Porting Android on Raspberry Pi so that we can transform our TV into a big Android tablet or a connected cheap Google TV? This is a dream of many Raspberry Pi owners. Needless to say, if this can be realized, it will be a cool Smart TV device, even cheaper than the popular MK802 Android Mini-PC!

Despite the great technical difficulties and failures, after being discussed thousands of times, for the first time in history, the porting has been proven to be successful.

An image based on Cyanogenmod 7.2 version of Android 2.3 has been successfully cooked for Raspberry Pi.
It really runs, slowly, but runs! Here is a video of how it works in action:


This is pretty much smoother than the previous CM9 version two days ago.

Hackers from both the Raspberry Pi and Android communities are trying to add hardware acceleration to create faster and more usable images.

Download the image here and flash it into an SD card, exactly the same way as we flash a normal Debian image for the Pi:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2qw32upVDnkT0JXNkoyY1hSOUU
Android Pi Wiki:
http://androidpi.wikia.com/wiki/Android_Pi_Wiki
Raspberry Pi Forum Page:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=8780

20 comments:

  1. I think this is a good thing for Raspberry Pi as with the help of this they are transforming themselves into something more innovative. If this gets successful we will be having some smart device with us.

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  2. Definitly trying this when I get home. Follow some more STEM news @ facebook.com/projectleadiit

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  3. Awesome, hope to follow this.. Thanks for the links..

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  4. android for the raspberry pi is vaporware. Ibought mine for that very reason, and despire broadcom opensourcing the graphics driver it seems all interest has dissappeared due to the raspberry pi foundation discouraging the community expirimenting with their functioning graphics accelerated beta as well as secrecy and silencing honest criticism of the way they are handling a supposedly open source and community driven project.

    I wised up and got a mk808 for android on my tv.

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