NEWS 180717: My build of RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 is ready. It’s the first RaspAnd build with Android Oreo 8.1 and the first RaspAnd build to work on the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. All installed apps (including Google Play Services and Google Play Store) have been updated to the latest available version by 180717. Read about all other included apps below. While downloading RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 Build 180717 you will also get RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 Build 180529, which works much better than RaspAnd Oreo 8.1.
NEWS later 180717: I’ve also uploaded a mini version of RaspAnd Oreo 8.1. It has only the absolute necessary apps pre-installed. I. e. GAPPS (Google Play Services with Google Play Store) and a Browser – Via Browser (Fast and Light – Geeks Best Choice). Watch a screenshot showing all installed apps in the mini version of RaspAnd Oreo. The mini version of RaspAnd Oreo is somewhat faster than the “big” version. The advantage is also that you can install the apps you really need. REMEMBER: The fewer apps you have installed the faster RaspAnd will run.
RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 Build 180717 can be used with the official Raspberry Pi 7 inch touchscreen and Big TV Screens
Thanks to a member on this site who asked for support for the Raspberry Pi official 7 inch touchscreen I started to experiment with different configurations. Success!
Build 180717 of RaspAnd can be downloaded for free by those who have purchased RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 Build 180529 (and previous versions of RaspAnd 7.1.2). That’s because RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 can be considered as “experimental”. It doesn’t work as good as RaspAnd Nougat. Fewer monitors/TV screens can be used and the performance is slower. You must be aware of the fact that the Raspberry Pi 3 computer has its limitations and that Android Oreo 8.1 is a very advanced Linux system. Even though the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ can be used when running RaspAnd Oreo this small computer isn’t “strong” enough to run Android Oreo without performance problems.
NEWS 180717 ABOUT RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 with Google Play Store (and everything else!) working
RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 Build 180717 has GAPPS installed and Google Play Store working. You can use TeamViewer to control other computers from your Rpi3. RaspAnd can be installed in Windows using Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher. Your Wifi connection is stable and it will reconnect after every reboot of your Rpi3.
Slideshow – showing RaspAnd’s boot procedure. It’s for RaspAnd Nougat, but it works in the same way while running RaspAnd Oreo.
MORE NEWS 180717 ABOUT RaspAnd Oreo 8.1
RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 with GAPPS can be installed to a Micro SD card (preferable a class 10 card) in Windows 10 using Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher. You can alternatively (of course) use the dd-command in a Linux system. Unzip the downloaded file raspand-oreo.8.1-lineage-gapps-578mb-180717.zip. Then open a terminal and run the command dd if=raspand-oreo.8.1-lineage-gapps-4300mb-180717.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M
(Change X to b, d or…).
What’s the point with Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher?
Well, until recently you had to have some basic knowledge about Linux to be able to install RaspAnd. Now you don’t need any special knowledge at all! (Just some basic computer knowledge). When you use Etcher it will look like this.
Using GParted to increase the data partition
As I said above RaspAnd Oreo Build 180717 can be installed in Windows using 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 32GB about 26GB 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 Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher has been used:
– write the image with Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher
– start up Ubuntu or another Linux system – you can also use a Linux Live CD/USB stick
– start GParted – screenshot before resizing
– resize the DATA partition – screenshot after resizing
MORE ABOUT RaspAnd Oreo
RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 Build 180717 is an Android 8.1 Oreo system which can run on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Model B+. I have included the following apps.
1) GAPPS (Google Play Services with Google Play Store) in latest versions.
2) Spotify is not installed. Install version 4.6 via Google Play Store. It works very well!
3) Google Play Games (needed for for example Clash of Clans to run)
4) TeamViewer – control other computers from your Rpi3!
5) Via Browser
7) CM Browser
8) Aptoide TV (for installing new apps which can’t be found on Google Play Store – many many apps can be installed!)
9) ES File Explorer 220.127.116.11 working very well
11) Termux 0.60 – a very special terminal. (Use the APT package manager!)
12) Quick Reboot Pro 1.8.4
13) YouTube – unfortunately not all videos will run or they will run with bad video or sound quality (especially if you use the whole screen)
ABOUT Android 8.1
Version 8.1 is the latest Android system by now. Released on December 5, 2017.
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 March 2018. It has a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-band wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT). Read more…
About running RaspAnd 8.1 Build 180717 on Raspberry Pi 2
You can run RaspAnd 8.1 also on a Raspberry Pi 2 computer, but the system will be awfully slow. The Raspberry Pi 3 is much faster. Overview of the differences…
The newer versions of RaspAnd has excellent support for Wifi (on Raspberry Pi 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. Thanks to Lineage and Google.
How do I install RaspAnd in Linux
Use the dd-command. Unzip the downloaded file raspand-oreo.8.1-lineage-gapps-578mb-180717.zip. Then open a terminal and run the command dd if=raspand-oreo.8.1-lineage-gapps-4300mb-180717.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M
(Change X to b, d or…).
Win32 Disk Imager – RaspAnd 8.1 Build 180717
RaspAnd 8.1 version 180717 can be installed in Windows Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher – see above.
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).
Different boot parameters in boot/config.txt
As you can see there is a file called config.txt in the folder boot. Check out this overview explaining the different parameters in config.txt. Some changes to config.txt could (possibly) help if you have screen problems.
Startup of RaspAnd Oreo
The first thing you will see on the screen is the Oreo Boot Animation. If you do not see that nice animation you haven’t installed RaspAnd correctly on the SD card. Try again and do EXACTLY as I write above. After about five minutes (the first time you startup RaspAnd) you will see the Welcome first screen. Watch a Slideshow – showing RaspAnd’s boot procedure and what you should do after you’ve seen the first screen. NOTE: When you see the first screen, you’ll have a chance to copy everything from your Android mobile phone to Rpi3/RaspAnd. I.e. choose the alternative Copy your data instead of Set up as new. If you do that you must be very patient. The whole process will take some time and you should also reboot your Rpi3 a couple of times. Be aware of the fact that installing/running many apps in RaspAnd will slow down the system considerably. You can, however, uninstall apps which you don’t need or apps which doesn’t run in RaspAnd. Watch a screenshot of RaspAnd’s Desktop when I have copied everything from my mobile phone to RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2.
Navigation in RaspAnd Nougat
Normally you use the Esc key to get back or end an app running. To end some apps you may have to use the Ctrl Alt F1 or F2 keys simultaneously. Note 1: You’ll also have a Back and Home key. Note 2: You can also use the Quick Reboot Pro app (so you can reboot and power off your Rpi3 without using the power switch – screenshot). Go to Settings/Developer options and enable Root access. To be able to do that you’ll have to enable Developer options first. Go to Settings/About table and click on “Build number” about six times. Note: Quick Reboot Pro is pre-installed in Build 180717.
The sound is generally good while running RaspAnd Oreo. Go to Settings >> Sound and change the Media volume – screenshot.
Change the system language
You can change the default English language to your preferred language. Just open Settings and go to Languages & input. See an example below, when I’m changing to French.
1. Choose your language
2. I’ve changed to French
3. The keyboard changes automatically to French layout
4. Everything in Settings (and everywhere else) will be in French
5. Also Google Play Store!
Bluetooth and TeamViewer
Bluetooth does not work in RaspAnd Oreo Build 180717. As an alternative you can use the TeamViewer app, which is pre-installed. Screenshot when the TeamViewer app is running on my Rpi3 and controlling my PC.
Video & TV cast
You can use your Rpi3 with RaspAnd Build 180717 for Video & TV cast. You can find a lot of apps to download for this purpose – screenshot 1, screenshot 2. You can test download them via Google Play Store and keep the one which suits you and your TV. I used an app called PlayTo Samsung TV – screenshot.
NOTE/WARNING – 1
Running Android Oreo 8.1 on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and/or Model B+ can sometimes be perceived as a bit sluggish. If you find it so, I recommend that you restart the system a couple of times, then everything will run faster! I.e. not really superfast, but faster. For better performance you shall uninstall apps you don’t want/need.
RaspAnd Oreo’s boot animation
Slideshow – showing RaspAnd’s boot procedure (for RaspAnd Nougat, but…)
Screenshot 2 – RaspAnd’s Desktop
Screenshot 3 – showing all installed apps
Screenshot 4 – Google Play Store running
Screenshot 5 – Spotify running
Screenshot 6 – TeamViewer running and controlling my PC
Screenshot 7 – Developer options
Screenshot 8 – Quick Reboot Pro running
Screenshot 9 – showing all installed apps and extra apps
Screenshot 10 – AIDA64 running
Screenshot 11 – YouTube running with perfect video and sound quality – the small picture/video down to the right
KNOWN ISSUES re. RaspAnd Build 180717
1. Not all apps will run in RaspAnd Oreo. You can for example run the popular (?) Clash of Clans very well, but not Angry Birds. Many many apps will run without problems though.
2. You can’t run Netflix.
3. Bluetooth doesn’t work.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: I can’t find developer options, why?
A: Settings -> About phone -> Click ‘Build number’ several times.
Q: I don’t have reboot options in power menu, why?
A: Settings -> Developer options -> Advanced restart.
Q: I have no root, why? What is that hashtag on my status bar?
A: You need enable root access under Settings -> Developer options -> Root access. Root management is now integrated as part of LineageOS’ Privacy Guard and you can manage per app permissions under Settings -> Developer options -> Manage root access. You’ll have a persistent notification in the status bar when you’re running an app that uses root permissions. You can then also become root when running the terminal (Termux) – screenshot
Q: Settings -> Storage shows xx GB used by system. There’s unallocated space on my sdcard. What should I do?
A: This is a 4 GB image, remaining space on your sdcard will remain unallocated. Settings app shows unallocated space as used by system which in reality it is not. You can use e.g. GParted and extend /data partition (/dev/block/mmcblk0p4) to cover the unallocated space. Resizing the partition manually will break support for encrypting /data. Format /data in TWRP recovery (Wipe->Format data) after resizing to leave required space for crypto footer.
Q: Raspberry Pi doesn’t have power button, how do I power off/reboot my device?
A: Following keyboard keys work as Android buttons: F1 = Home, F2 = Back, F3 = Multi-tasking, F4 = Menu, F5 = Power, F11 = Volume down, and F12 = Volume up. You can also use one of many third party reboot applications. Note: Quick Reboot Pro is pre-installed in Build 180717 – screenshot.
NOTE/WARNING – 2
PLEASE NOTE that you must be aware of the fact that the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Model B+ computer has its limitations and that Android Oreo 8.1 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. Most important changes in Build 180717: Your Wifi connection will be stable and you can use Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. NOTE also: RaspAnd Oreo Build 180717 is (almost) perfect in every aspect considering that the Rpi 3 computer has its limitations. Nevertheless this build must be considered as “experimental” since it runs much slower than RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 Build 180529. You will therefore get three builds (RaspAnd Oreo 8.1, RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 Mini and RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2) for $ 9. Running RaspAnd Oreo Build 180717 you can use the Raspberry Pi official 7 inch touchscreen and very Big TV screens.
3) raspand-nougat-7.1.2-lineage-gapps-aptoide-tv-kodi-608mb-180529.zip for 9 $ – (I.e. all three systems for 9 $)