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Raspberry Pi 3 may be treated with some Android goodness soon

Google’s device ‘tree’ in AOSP repository lists Raspberry Pi 3, but doesn’t hint at the Android version.

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Today, a lot of smartphones, tablets, and a handful of hybrid-laptops and smart TVs run on Android OS, but it looks likes Google wants to add one more interesting device to the list. If the latest Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code repository is to be believed, Google may be working on bringing Android to Raspberry Pi 3 mini-PC.

First spotted by AndroidPolicethe code repository for the Raspberry Pi 3 has been there on Git-based code site for over a month. This could be a part of Google’s Internet of Things platform Brillo, which was announced at the I/O 2016. The repository folder is currently empty, and hasn’t been populated with the usable code. But if its presence is any indication, the Google-compiled version may just be around the corner.

Currently, the Raspberry Pi 3 only supports certain Linux-based distros, which includes the likes of Ubuntu Mate, Snappy Ubuntu, OSMC, Raspbian and OpenElec.  Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 support for the Pi 3 via Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview update. However, bringing Android support for this mini-PC would open up a world of options, both for developers and users.

Raspberry Pi 3 specifications, features: Launched earlier this year in March, the Raspberry Pi 3 comes with improved hardware onboard. It features Broadcom’s latest BCM2837 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 based quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, paired with 1GB of RAM. The Raspberry Pi foundation claims that the Pi 3 is 10 times faster than the Pi 1 variant.

Retaining the same form factor as the Pi 1 and Pi 3, the Pi 3 comes with subtle changes, such as the relocation of LEDs and microSD card socket. It also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, something that was missing from the previous models. In terms of connectivity ports, you get one HDMI out, one 3.5mm audio out port, an RJ 45 Ethernet socket and four USB ports for connecting flash drives, keyboard, mouse and more.

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  • Published Date: May 27, 2016 5:12 PM IST