Now You Can Run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow On Raspberry Pi 3
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton in the month of June 2016 had announced the immediate availability of a new build of his RaspAnd distribution for Raspberry Pi SBCs (Single-board computers).
RaspAnd Build 160625 was the first to move the Android-x86-based distro to the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system created by Google. Both Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B were supported by the RaspAnd project.
Now, Arne Exton has announced the availability of a new build of his RaspAnd project that allows users run Google’s Linux-based Android mobile operating system on Raspberry Pi single-board computers starting yesterday.
The new RaspAnd Build 160915 is a re-mastered Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system planned to run on the latest Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B SBCs, which seems to be more reactive and quicker than the previous versions.
“This new version has about the same pre-installed apps and features as in RaspAnd Marshmallow Build 160717, but it looks better, runs faster and is more responsive,” says Arne Exton. “You can also run this build using a Raspberry Pi 2 computer, but for best performance you really should use a Raspberry Pi 3.”
This custom Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS for Raspberry Pi devices includes the Google Play Store that will allow the users to install their favourite apps, ES File Explorer, VLC Media Player, WinZip, Spotify, Clash of Clans, Terminal Emulator, Aida64, and Rotation Control Pro.
The best part is that GAPPS (Google Apps) comes pre-installed in RaspAnd Build 160915, which means that the users can access almost all of Google’s services, including but not limited to Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play Services, and Hangouts. Also, the Aptoide package manager has been removed from this version, as it wasn’t functioning properly.
RaspAnd Build 160915 offers built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support for Raspberry Pi 3 devices. When running the operating system, it is recommended to use a Class 10 Micro SD card, says the developer. The cost of the RaspAnd is $9 (€8). The official announcement has installation instructions in detail and the link to purchase the product.