Although Raspberry Pi official operating systems They are Raspbian, Arch Linux, LibreELEC, Pidora, OSMC and Risc OS, thanks to the fact that it is an open platform, there are developers who bring us, unofficially, other operating systems to this mini-computer, as is the case with RaspAnd.
RaspAnd is an operating system for Raspberry Pi specially designed to allow users to run Android on this mini-computer in the simplest way possible. In addition to the fact that this operating system is optimized to get the most out of the RPi hardware, it also has by default a large number of installed applications, among which stand out the Google apps, to be able to log in with our Google account and access the Play Store and, above all, Kodi.
Thanks to this combination of applications, just by starting the operating system we can have access to a complete multimedia center with everything we need to play practically any type of content.
In addition to the above, this operating system has an interface optimized to run on televisions, it is compatible with practically any application or game (such as Clash of Clans) and we can access all of this from its interface comfortably. In addition, this system includes the following basic applications (among others):
- Firefox 51.
- Aptoide (to download applications that give error from the Play Store).
We must bear in mind that some applications may not work correctly, such as the Play Store, although the developers assure that, little by little, they are reducing the problems of their distribution and making it increasingly stable and reliable.
RaspAnd is a paid operating system for the Raspberry Pi, although 100% recommended
Unlike official operating systems, this system is paid, and in order to use it we will have to pay 9 dollars (about 8.5 euros) to download it. Although we have to pay, its price is more than acceptable if we take into account the work behind this operating system and everything it offers us without having to perform the slightest configuration, such as an updated Android and a wide variety of applications for default to have an excellent SmartTV using only a Raspberry Pi.
The only downside that we find to this operating system is that the developers have made the decision that all those who already bought the previous version based on Android 6 Marshmallow will not be able to update for free to this new version based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but will have to pay again.
We can buy this operating system from the following link.
What do you think of RaspAnd? Do you know any other Android-based operating systems for the Raspberry Pi?