Android 4.0 Port Headed for Raspberry Pi Devices

by Ostatic Staff - Aug. 01, 2012

Here's some big news for fans of the diminutive Raspberry Pi devices (one is shown here): Android 4.0 (the Ice Cream Sandwich version) is headed for a port that will become available on the devices. People have already been putting various Linux distributions on the $25 and $35 mini PCs, but some users will absolutely welcome running Android on them, including all their favorite apps for Android. Android-based Raspberry Pi devices shoiuld also be an easy way to use Android in a standard desktop computing setup for some users.

There is a post on the official Raspberry Pi blog confirming that the miniature devices will be getting an Android 4.0 port.  The post includes screenshots and video showing that the port is very much a reality.

It sounds like the Raspberry Pi team will also be reaching out for help in finalizing the lash-up:

"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."

Many Raspberry Pi users are currently using a Debian fork called Raspbian on their device. But hackers have shown that Raspberry Pi devices can run many flavors of Linux. The Android port should arrive soon, and may appeal to both individual users and educational institutions adopting Raspberry Pi.