Android OS on Raspberry Pi 3 B+

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Tutorial on Installing Android on Pi 3 B+
Download Android Image

Introduction

This article is on installing Android OS on Raspberry Pi 3 B+. The steps are simple and easy to follow. If you are a Pi user, you must have played changing the Operating System a million times. The most common Operating Systems that can be installed on Raspberry Pi are Raspbian, Ubuntu Mate, Windows IOT Core, Weather Station, ReteroPi and Android OS. Now we have the image of Android Pi here. You can download and install this to your Pi.

2 Disadvantages of Android OS on Pi

Yes, it is true that we can install Android OS on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, but sometimes the processes are a bit slow which makes it hard to navigate. Overclocking the pi worked for in reducing this problem.

And also this OS doesn’t provide access to the GPIO pins. Which makes it no meaning for having the Pi here.

Some Advantages of installing Android OS

Play Games

On Installing Android OS on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, you will be able to install games such as Clash of Clans, PUBG, and so on. So we can’t say that there is no point in installing this. Moreover the gaming experience in this android version is much greater than others.

Do Office Work

You will be able to do office work, take upon presentations, school projects,and so on. So this is a great thing to do. This version of Android OS on the Raspberry 3 B+ doesn’t lag along and is much faster.

You can install all the Microsoft office tools also onto this. Which means that you can get Power Point, Access, Word etc. on this.

Remote Desktop

With Microsoft’s RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) on the Play Store, you can connect to your Windows PC over your network or through WAN (Wide Area Network). Since your Raspberry Pi will be a client to your Windows PC , we can expect a wonderful experience.

Why install Android OS on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Android OS is always what a Pi user wants in his/her system. It is because installing Android OS in the Pi can run various android apps and games. If we have a camera, we can always do an Interactive Video call and we can also test our Android Projects through OTA(Over the Air) ADB(Android Debugging Bridge). We can also play videos and music if we have some speakers connected to the Pi through 3.5mm Audio Jack or HDMI. The following are the Basic Steps for installing Android OS.

The Simple Steps

  • Download Android Image.
  • Read this article if you have WiFi issues.
  • Extract the “.img” file to a location with WinRar or any Archive Manager.
  • Prepare a above 4 GB Memory Card.
  • Download SD Card Formatter and Win32DiskImager.
  • Format the SD Card with the Formatter.
  • Open Win32DiskImager and Click on Open.
  • Select the extracted img file and Click on write.
  • This will take some time.

After Flashing Image

  • Insert SD Card to the Pi.
  • Connect HDMI, monitor, and power supply with mouse and keyboard.
  • As always, don’t panic It will be fine.
  • It will boot up.

You are ready to go. But Wait.

Depending upon your Raspberry Pi 3 B+ model, You can expect it to hang or lag a little bit since some pi’s are manufactured by different companies. In some Pi’s this will get fixed after sometime after WiFi Login. But on some devices, it stays as such. So, keep this in mind before installing.

5 thoughts on “Android OS on Raspberry Pi 3 B+

  1. This is great! Image installed without any issues, and it actually runs pretty fast! A couple of questions, for anyone that can answer:

    1. How do I install Google Play Store and Google Play Services? I downloaded the APKs from apkmirror.com, but the APKs won’t install.
    2. How do I gracefully power off the OS? You’re not supposed to just unplug the Raspberry Pi, for risk of corrupting the SD card.
    3. I’m perfectly happy with the Pi device running off Ethernet, but I’m curious. Is it by design that my WiFi isn’t working? (It worked, when I was running Raspbian.) Or do I need to unplug the Ethernet cable, in order for WiFi to work? (I haven’t tried that.)
    3a. How do I find out what IP address I have (without going to my DHCP server), since I can’t see an Ethernet connection/device in the AndroidOS settings?

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