Android has been ported to the Raspberry Pi boards in the past, but the images were not really usable because the implementation lacked 2D & 3D graphics support. The good news is that Raspberry Pi 3 is likely to officially support the latest version of Android soon, because rpi3 repository has been created in AOSP about 5 weeks ago.
That’s all we know for now. Raspberry Pi 3 could then be part of the second wave of boards officially supported in Android “mainline”, as currently 96Boards Hikey is the only supported board in AOSP. However, If we go down in the git repo to android/device, we can also see MIPS Creator CI40, Aaeon Upboard, i.mx6ul picoimx board, Intel Edison and Minnowboard, and a few others. Some of the boards will run Brillo instead of Android however, or it could be a different project, so we’ll have to see what happens with RPi3.
Via AndroidPolice and Nanik.
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I am aware this refers to Android open source, and I will state I have no liking for Raspberry Pi due to their customer bullying arrogant attitude and forum ( watching them play wako mole with customer or flood posts with unicorn, biscuit recepies are prime examples ).
But 3dMark Android benchmark lists Android devices with broadcom socs from Android 4.1 ( Samsung’s Galaxy Young, 1GHZ single core A 7 ), so why no Android earlier?
There are a number of Android versions for Pi.. from 4.4 on… Look at Exton.net for examples but he charges $9 per version. Not a ton but I prefer free. And I am not aware of any proper GPU drivers yet so this is a significant improvement hopefully.
The only demo I have seen were using software to handle graphics and it was painful to watch.
However, some people have commented that Brillo support is more likely than Android. That makes sense because the Raspberry Pi foundation has said in the past that they don’t see Android as a useful OS for their purpose, and RPi 3 with WiFi and Bluetooth would actually do an interesting IoT gateway running Brillo.
Android it will be -> https://twitter.com/Raspberry_Pi/status/735523318690942976