NEWS about RaspAnd 160315
I have uploaded a new version of RaspAnd, which can run also on the new Raspberry Pi 3 computer. It is basically the same system as before. Only the boot parameters are changed.
I have compiled yet another Android 5.1 Lollipop system which can run on Raspberry Pi 2. I call “my” new system RaspAnd Build 3. My first version of RaspAnd is from 150405 and my second from 150527. The following useful apps are pre-installed in Build 3 of 150924: Google Play Store, Aptoide App Manager (as an alternative to Google Play Store), Terminal Emulator, AIDA64, Geekbench, WinZip, FileManager, Rotation Control Lite, WPS Office and Offline Maps. Google Play Store, AIDA64 and Geekbench were not included in Build 2 from 150527.
What is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.
Read more about Raspberry Pi…
Raspberry Pi 3 model B made in February 2016. It has a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU and 1GB RAM. Read more…
Kernel 3.19.0-exton-v7+ is used in RaspAnd.
You’ll find my sources for RaspAnd here.
How do I install RaspAnd?
Almost like any other Raspberry Pi system. The installation has to take place in Linux though. (From hard drive or while running a live Linux system from cd or a USB stick). Follow this instruction. The whole thing has to be done exactly like this.
1. Unpack the downloaded tar.gz-file (raspand-lollipop-5.1-rpi3-googleplay-435mb-160315.tar.gz). You will get the folder raspand-lollipop-5.1-160314 with the folder boot and the system file system.img
2. Create four partitions of/on your Micro SD Card with Fdisk or GParted.
a) Part 1 for BOOT of 512 MB ; format as fat32 ; flag as boot
b) Part 2 for /system of 1024 MB; any filesystem
c) Part 3 for /cache of 512 MB ; format as ext4
d) Part 4 for /data; size the remain; format as ext4
When you are done with partitioning it shall look like this.
3. Now open up a terminal as root and run this command (make sure which name your SD card was given when you inserted it (/dev/sdb2 or /dev/sdc2 or as in the example here /dev/sdd2):
dd if=system.img of=/dev/sdd2 bs=1M
(Note: When you run the above command you’ll have to stand in the folder raspand-lollipop-5.1-160314)
4. Then just copy every file in raspand-lollipop-5.1-160314/boot (20 files) to /dev/sdd1. If not mounted already you can mount it with mkdir /mnt/sdd1 followed by mount /dev/sdd1 /mnt/sdd1
Note: You shall not do anything with /dev/sdd3 and /dev/sdd4. I. e.: Do not create folder /cache or /data. Watch this screenshot of the file structure on all four partitions when the installation is done.
Different Micro SD Cards
For best performance you should use SD Cards of good quality. I can recommend Samsung MicroSD Pro Plus 32GB Class 10. Write speed up to 95 MB/s. Also Samsung MicroSD EVO 16GB Class 10. Write speed up to 48 MB/s. Price 47 $ respectively 10 $ (in Sweden).
Running RaspAnd – Slide show
Now just place your SD Card in your Raspberry Pi 3 or Pi 2 machine and turn on the power. Watch this Slide show.
Not many apps can be installed via Google Play Store. Luckily Aptoide App Manager can be used to install some Google apps, for instance Gmail.When you start upp Aptoide for the first time you will be asked to upgrade Aptoide. Do that. Then try to install Gmail via Aptoide. You will be asked to upgrade Google Play Services to version 8.7.03 (2645110-836) – latest version. Do that. When done you can install Gmail and other Google apps without problems.
Screenshot 1 – Google Play Store running
Screenshot 2 – RaspAnd’s Desktop
Screenshot 3 – Google Play Services updating
Screenshot 4 – Google Play Store updating with Aptoide
NOTE/WARNING – 1
You’ll have to be aware of the fact that while running RaspAnd on Raspberry Pi 3 or Pi 2 not many apps can be found on Google Play Store. Because Google Play Services is installed many useful apps (for example Gmail) can be installed with Aptoide App Manager though.
NOTE/WARNING – 2
Wifi and Bluetooth can’t be used. You’ll have to have and use a wired connection.
Compatibility :: February 2016
Unfortunately not all systems made for Raspberry Pi 2 will run on the new Pi 3. They need to be upgraded with a new kernel. I therefore have to upgrade the systems I distribute. I.e. RaspEX, RaspEX with OpenCPN, RaspAnd and RaspArch. I have now (160315) upgraded all systems. Read about the new Raspberry Pi 3…
So, please be aware of the fact that RaspAnd Build 3 from 150924 will work only on Raspberry Pi 2. The new version from 160315 (of Build 3 with different boot parameters) will work also on Raspberry Pi 3.