RaspAnd 10 for Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3 B and Pi 3 B+ :: Build 200809 :: with Firefox, Spotify, Clash of Clans, Aptoide App Manager “Independent Android App Store”) and F-Droid – “Free and Open Source Android App Repository”
I’ve made a new extra version of RaspAnd 10 with some extra apps pre-installed. Both versions are included for $ 9.
About Raspberry Pi 4
This build (RaspAnd 10 200814 and 200809) works very well on the new Raspberry Pi 4. I used the latest model with 8GB RAM, but you can of course use the other models too.
ABOUT RaspAnd 10 – Build 200809 and 200814
RaspAnd 10 runs very well on a Raspberry Pi 4, 3 Model B and 3 Model B+. I.e. the system is pretty responsive if you use a micro SD card of good quality. RaspAnd 10 has the following apps pre-installed: Firefox, Spotify, Aptoide App Manager, F-Droid, Aida64 and ES File Explorer. Unfortunately not Google Play Store, but Aptoide and F-Droid work as good replacements for it. NOTE 200814: In RaspAnd 10 Build 200814 I’ve added the following apps: Lucid Launcher, Clash of Clans (still very popular), App Manager, SkyTube (An open-source YouTube app for Android) and jQuarks (LineageOS Jelly Browser with ads blocker).
Startup of RaspAnd 10 Build 200814
The first thing you will see on the screen is this boot animation.
If you do not see this animation you haven’t installed RaspAnd correctly on the SD card. (Please use Rufus 3.11 in Windows for the installation to the SD Card). As regards RaspAnd Build 200809 you will only see the text A N D R O I D. I.e. no boot animation.
About Aptoide App Manager
Aptoide is a software “marketplace” application for installing mobile applications which runs on the Android operating system. In Aptoide, unlike the Android-default Google Play Store, there is not a unique and centralized store; instead, each user manages their own store. So Aptoide works as a pretty good replacement for Google Play Store. I think.
F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device.
You can find my sources for RaspAnd 10 here. Following those instructions you can build your own “RaspAnd”.
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 4 released in September 2019. Specifications:
- Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
- 2GB, 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM (depending on model)
- 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
- Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backwards compatible with previous boards)
- 2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
- 2-lane MIPI DSI display port
- 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
- 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
- H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
- OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
- Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
- 5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
- 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
- Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
- Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient
For some unknown reason sound via HDMI doesn’t work. You’ll have use the 3.5mm jack and connect speakers.
Compatibility :: August 2020
Unfortunately not all systems made for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 will run on the new Raspberry Pi 4 computer. They need to be upgraded with a new kernel. I therefore have to upgrade the systems I distribute. I.e. RaspEX, RaspEX with OpenCPN, exGENT, RaspEX BunsenLabs, RaspEX Kodi, RaspAnd Marshmallow, RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2, RaspAnd Oreo 8.1, RaspAnd Pie, EXTON OpSuS Rpi, FedEX Rpi3 and RaspArch. I have until now (200809) only upgraded RaspAnd 10, RaspEX, RaspEX Kodi, RaspArch, exGENT and RaspEX with OpenCPN. Read about the new Raspberry Pi 4.
MORE NEWS 200809 ABOUT RaspAnd 10
RaspAnd 10 can be installed to a Micro SD card (preferable a class 10 card) in Windows 10 using Rufus, Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher. You can alternatively (of course) use the dd-command in a Linux system. Unzip the downloaded file raspand-android-10-rpi4-642mb-200809.zip. Then open a terminal and run the command dd if=raspand-android-10-rpi4-4300mb-200809.img of=/dev/sdX bs=4MiB
(Change X to b, d or…).
Using Rufus it will look like this.
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).
Using GParted to increase the data partition
As I said above RaspAnd 10 can be installed in Windows using Rufus, Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher. This method has one disadvantage. Only about about 3GB can be used as data storage no matter which card you use. Now say, for example, that you use Micro SD card (preferable a class 10 card) of 64GB about 58GB will be “wasted”. You can, however, change that with the help of GParted. See below how to do it.
How to get rid of the 3GB limit after Rufus, Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher has been used:
– write the image with Rufus, Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher
– start up Ubuntu or another Linux system – you can also use a Linux Live CD/USB stick
– insert your card
– start GParted – screenshot before resizing
– resize the DATA partition – screenshot after resizing
Kernel 5.4.51-exton-v7l+ is used in RaspAnd 10 Build 200809.
The newer versions of RaspAnd has excellent support for WiFi (on Raspberry Pi 4, 3 Model B and Model B+). Previous problems with the WiFi connection are gone. I.e. the WiFi connection will automatically be re-established after every reboot.
Spotify works very well in RaspAnd 10. Just log in and play your favorite music! The app is pre-installed.
PLEASE NOTE that you must be aware of the fact that the Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3 Model B and Pi 3 Model B+ computer has its limitations and that Android 10 is a very advanced Linux system. Having said that I must also say that the apps I have included in this Build (see above) work very well.
1. The Desktop with Clash of Clans and Angry Birds installed
1b. The Desktop when Lucid Launcher is used in Build 200814
2. Using Aptoide App Manager
3. Running Spotify
4. WiFi Settings – (WiFi works very well)
5. Aida64 running showing the system info
6. YouTube running in Firefox
7. Clash of Clans running (installed via Aptoide)
8. Angry Birds running (installed via Aptoide)
9. ES File Explorer running showing that the card of 64GB is fully used