Developer Arne Exton released a new version of his RaspAnd OS for the tiny Raspberry Pi computer with support for Google’s latest Android 9 Pie mobile operating system.
The RaspAnd OS has finally been update to Android 9.0, allowing you to run the mobile OS from Google on your tiny Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ computers. RaspAnd Build 190315 is now available and comes with the Linux 4.14.61 kernel and excellent Wi-Fi support for both Raspberry Pi 3 models.
“RaspAnd Pie 9 runs very well on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and 3 Model B+ .i.e. the system is pretty responsive if you use a micro SD card of good quality,” said Arne Exton. “You can compile your own Android Pie 9 system for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.”
Dubbed RaspAnd Pie 9, the system comes pre-installed with the Google Chrome web browser, Aptoide app manager, ES File Explorer file manager, Termux terminal emulator, Nova Launcher app launcher, AIDA64 system information tool, and the Rotation Control Pro app for controlling your screen’s orientation.
No Google Play Store and Bluetooth support, costs $9
Unfortunatelly, RaspAnd Pie 9 doesn’t come with support for the Google Play store, though you can still install Android apps with the Aptoide package manager, which proves to be a good replacement. Furthermore, Bluetooth support isn’t available in this version, and it also looks like you can’t run Netflix.
The developer also warns users interested in installing Android 9 Pie that the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Model B+ computers have their limitations, so some apps might not work as expected or at all. However, all pre-installed apps work very well, says Arne Exton, including Spotify, which you can install with Aptoide.
RaspAnd Pie 9 (RaspAnd Build 190315) is available for purchase for $9 USD from developer’s website. It comes as a zip archive that you need to extract to obtain an image, which you’ll then need to install on a Micro SD card class 10 or higher using either the win32 disk imager, Rufus, or Etcher in Windows 10, or the dd command in Linux.