Android coming to the Raspberry Pi


Last night during the recording of this weeks TDL Show we were talking about running alternative to Linux on the Raspberry Pi and on the Raspberry Pi blog they are talking about getting Android 4.0 on to the Pi.

As you can see in the video it seems to work very well and Android opens up a whole range of possibilities for app like Netflix that don’t run under Debian.

Naren has been working on a port of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Raspberry Pi, and as you can see from the screenshots and video below, he’s been making great progress. Hardware-accelerated graphics and video have been up and running smoothly for some time; AudioFlinger support is the only major missing piece at the moment.

This implementation uses a different kernel and VideoCore binary image from the one available on GitHub, which is why we’ve been keeping quiet about it so far. We’re investigating the feasibility of converging the two code lines to produce a single common platform as soon as we can, at which point we hope to release the sources for you to play with.


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