RaspAnd is a project that allows us use Android on a Raspberry Pi so that we can use the same applications and games that we can find in this Google operating system, for example, on a television. This operating system has been specially designed to allow us to take full advantage of the hardware of this mini-computer when playing games such as Clash of Clans or multimedia applications such as Kodi.
News of the new RaspAnd
Undoubtedly, one of the main limitations of this operating system was that, when flashing a micro-sd with Win32 Disk Imager, users only had 5 GB of storage space to use on the Raspberry Pi, regardless of the total size of the device. card, even if it was 64 GB.
With this new version, the developer gives us the possibility to copy the image to a memory card from any Linux operating system, with GParted, allowing us to take advantage of all the space of the micro-sd.
Also, this new version is based on Android 7.1.2, the latest version of the «Nougat» branch of Google’s operating system, and also comes with interesting applications such as the latest development version of Kodi 18 «Leia», the hardware information and analysis application AIDA and replace Google Chrome with the latest version of Mozilla Firefox.
When downloading apps for Android, the developer has opted for APTOIDE TV to troubleshoot the Play Store.
How to download and install the latest version of RaspAnd
In order to use this operating system for our Raspberry Pi, the first thing we must do is download it from your developer’s website. This system, unfortunately, is not free, but costs $ 9.
As always, we can use the “Win32 Disk Imager” app to burn this image to a memory card without any problems. However, as we have said, one of the main novelties of this new version is the possibility of creating the image from a Linux system so that we can take advantage of 100% of the space on our memory card.
To do this, once this operating system has been downloaded, all we have to do is unzip the .zip file in our Linux operating system (for example, a Live from Ubuntu) and, from there, open the software Gparted to format the micro-sd as follows:
- Partition 1: 512 MB BOOT -> Formatted as FAT32 and marked with the “boot” flag.
- Partition 2: 1024 MB system -> Any file system (ext4, for example).
- Partition 3: 512MB CACHE -> formatted in ext4.
- Partition 4: data -> the rest of the size and formatted as ext4.
We already have our memory card ready. Now the only thing left is to copy its content to each partition and that’s it. We can now use this new version of RaspAnd taking advantage of 100% of the storage space on our memory card and enjoy this Android for Raspberry Pi even more.
What do you think of RaspAnd? Are you missing any official Android alternatives for Raspberry Pi?