Run Android 5.1 Lollipop Exton build 2 on Raspberry Pi 2 – version 150527

logoNEWS 150527
I have compiled yet another Android 5.1 Lollipop system which can run on Raspberry Pi 2. I call “my” new system RaspAnd build 2. My first version of RaspAnd is from 150405. The following useful apps are pre-installed in build 2 of 150527: Aptoide App Manager (to be used instead of Google Play Store), Terminal Emulator, WinZip, FileManager, Rotation Control Lite, WPS Office and Offline Maps. Those apps were not included in build 1 from 150405.

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 model B made in February 2015. It has a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. Read more…

Kernel 3.19.0-exton-v7+ is used in RaspAnd.

My sources
You’ll find my sources for RaspAnd here.

How do I install RaspAnd?
Almost like any other Raspberry 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 Zip-file ( You will get the folder raspand-android-lollipop-5.1-aptoide-247mb-150527 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 512 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-android-lollipop-5.1-aptoide-247mb-150527)
4. Then just copy every file in raspex-android-x86-lollipop-5.1-aptoide-150527/boot (8 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.

Booting up RaspAnd – Slide show
Now just place your SD Card in your Raspberry Pi 2 machine and turn on the power. Watch this Slide show.

Screenshot of RaspAnd’s build 2 Desktop

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81 Responses to Run Android 5.1 Lollipop Exton build 2 on Raspberry Pi 2 – version 150527

  1. Pavel says:

    Works really slow and I couldn’t get WiFi working.
    There’s no WiFi settings at all, probably Android just doesn’t see the device. I’ve used standard USB CanaKit WiFi adapter. Any ideas how to make it work?

    – Pavel.

  2. Robert Heenan says:

    The system is just fine…a bit slow but ok.
    My issue is that I am not able to get it to function with wifi …overcame that with cable
    However, not able to open play store App
    So not able to download anything onto it.

    If anyone has a solutions for the above, please, please let me know

  3. Martin says:


    Congrats for your work. Have you tried AceStream 3.0 ( in RaspAnd? Lots of users of RPi2 are looking forward to playing AceStream 3.0 videos in their Rasps.

    Best regards,

  4. Jannik says:

    Do I have to pay for each single build or do I have to pay one time and get future builds free?

  5. Matt says:

    Hi! I was excited to see this, then sad to see you were charging. I considered buying it anyway until I saw your comment about possibly making us pay for future revisions. I bought ConsoleOS for a similar price and get all future versions free. Consider changing that and I will support your project. Still sad to see it’s not free. Thanks anyway for your work, and I hope to try it one day if you change the licensing terms.

  6. peter says:

    Hi, thank you for your great job!
    Is there a solution for working good the Google Play services?

    I tried to install it from aptoide (to install after youtube), but after it can’t update from google because doesn’t recognize the “tablet”

  7. peter says:

    Another iussue,
    i can’t see the top bar and so can’t shutdown

    is there a way to adjust screen or a keyboard key to shutdown anyway?

    Thank you

  8. Carl says:

    I will support it too, just bought it, as long as its reasonable.

  9. Den says:

    How to enable mouse in this build?

  10. Jay says:

    Hey Exton!

    This project looks awesome, and I’m glad you’re charging and being supported for your work. I have a few questions because I havent seen a feature list or changelog. Does this build support Bluetooth (with attach dongle obviously), H.264 video decoding, and/or US Host? I’m looking to run this application:

    I’m interested in your thoughts, it’s in the experimental stages, but I want to have something set up in vehicle to test it out as it develops.

    Thanks so much for your work,


  11. Tonno says:

    Did you try this way?

    Jolla delivers an Android dalvik emulator. With the Tutorial you can use googles play store, but you need to install play services too.

    It works fine for me. Give it a try

  12. paaaar says:

    I have tried 3.5mm jack and hdmi.
    There is no sound from any one.
    How can I let it play sound?

  13. f5inet says:

    Dear Exton:

    Thank you very much for your port of android to RaspPi2. I have a little problem with it: Mi RaspAnd instalation keeps ‘rebooting’ without reaching to ‘desktop’ or launcher.

    When the Pi2 starts the first time, shows a brief ‘ANDROID’ logo in the TV, a few seconds after, reboots itself, shows the common RaspPi rainbow at start, and do a second boot. In this second boot, the ‘ANDROID’ logo shows a lot more time, including, reaching to the ‘optimizing app xx of 72′ stage. when the count reaches ’72 of 72’ the Pi2 do a ‘screen flash’ and shows a tiny red border for one second, after that, my Pi2 restarts itself and start again like the first boot.

    is a cycle: a brief ‘ANDROID’ boot, and them, another boot until ‘optimizing app 72 of 72’, after that, another boot, and start again…

    ¿any directions?

    • exton says:

      Since all Raspberry Pi 2 computers behave in the same way my conclusion is that you haven’t followed my install instructions exactly. You must do that. RaspAnd won’t work otherwise.

      If you have followed my instructions you should try to run RaspAnd with another monitor.

  14. Asforber says:

    Me gustaría saber si funciona bien el video y también si alguine probo a instalar el whatsapp.
    un saludo

    I wonder if the video works well and also if alguine proved to install whatsapp.
    a greeting

  15. Guido says:

    Hey, the video output is 1080p native?


  16. Erik Kemper says:


    What type of partition table should the SD card be?


  17. Meir says:

    I Cannot get this working. I tried many times and the same problem occurs.
    When I insert the microSD it loads the big logo of ‘android’ but then it stays showing the logo (with some animation highlighting from left to right) and thats it. It doesn’t go further forever.
    What’s wrong?

  18. Kid Lush says:

    Are system, cache and data being set as mount points?
    Some small step is left out of the directions.
    My HDMI flashes every 10-seconds with the raspberry rainbow but never starts.
    Raspberry Pi 2, 128GB micro sd card configured with GPartEd on Mac OS X.
    The same SD card works flawlessly with RaspEx img baked using ApplePi-Baker.
    Any tips for coming at this from another direction?? Thanks.

  19. Sandro says:


    I flashed it as instructed, but when i power it on, with a monitor connected to hdmi, I can see the activity light blink away for a while and then to silent, but I never get a screen.

    I’ve tried booting an ordinary linux and I do get the usual linux boot text, so it’s fair to say the hdmi output works.

    if i look at the sd card after first boot, it shows that the system has initialized itself, but even subsequent reboots do absolutely nothing on screen.

    i’m using Raspberry Pi 2 Model B 1Gb
    where can i get help ?


  20. Gorbachev says:


    I got your OS running on my RPi2
    Wanted to know if it is possible to run USB camera on it, tried but no luck.

  21. Anwar says:

    I am not able to download or install any apk through email.
    can you please let me know any other way I can install my
    .apk on raspberry pi 2 install with this ReaspEx.


  22. jose says:

    I followed the instructions but the screen goes black . ago as a flash every 15 seconds and goes out again , that happens ?

  23. Jorge says:

    Dear exton,

    I purchased the pre build image, I follow your steps. When I power on raspberry the screen shows the word android with an effect shading from left to right. It could be like this as far as 30 minutes but doesn’t do anything else.

    I’m using Macos (no linux here), please advice.



  24. karlito says:

    I’ve got the same problem than jose and try on 3 different screen…black screen with green led activity 🙁


  25. tmb says:


    First a big thanks for your work !

    I’ve been able to build android for Rpi2 from sources by folowing your HOWTO and gived a try to the VC4 experimental.

    All is working well, not really fast, but I knew it will not be 🙂
    It’s really a good job.

    I’ve seen there is an opengapps existing (, website

    I will try to build it as soon as I have time, to see if it works.

  26. Jorge says:


    I’m now able to flash the image I bought, but now I need to make some modifications. I got the whole project and installed Linaro GCC Cross Compiler. When I try to make zImage I get a bunch of errors ending with arch/arm/kernel/asm-offsets.c:54:2: error: #error Your compiler is too buggy; it is known to miscompile kernels.

    Which tool do you recommend me to use? I’m running on Centos.



  27. Rick Mombassa says:


    great Work, easy to install if you follow the directions.

    But on the usability… I don’t see the ‘Home’ button, or the ‘Menu’ button.
    By now I figured out that Esc on the Keyboard resembles the ‘Back’ button. And I changed the screen size in hope the other buttons show up, nice background but still no soft buttons.
    Am I overlooking something?

    Using mouse/keyboard/hdmi, no touchscreen.


  28. exton says:

    Yes, you’ll have to use the Esc button. Sorry about that.
    The “Menu” button is the same as on an Android phone. (The middle button).

  29. Jan says:


    I really like what you have done, but i wonder if you can help me with a little problem i have.
    I have tried to watch netflix via andriod on my pi 2 but every time I try to log in the app crashes. Do you maybe know a solution for this?


  30. hironori says:

    Your system works fine, a little bit slow.
    I want to run firefox browser on my pi2.
    After installing firefox, it suddenly falls.
    Do you have any solution?

  31. Andre Prietsch says:

    I need be a super user, how i do?
    I want to install Webkey app, it’s root required.

  32. K-20 says:

    hi i’m new guy use Linux ,

    i can’t see /dev/sdd1 or sdd4 , i see mmcbl0kp1 -> mmcbl0kp4 ..

    i follow tutorial can’t work , can’t boot 🙁

    sorry my english very bad . i’m from VN . please help me

  33. Md.mahfuzur Rahman says:

    Hi. Mr Exton
    Thank you very much for your excilent work to make workable android . how I use USB storage on it & how I remortly data transfer from PC (like USB mass storage ) .thanks

  34. Wesley says:

    No Sound, is there anything i must do?

  35. Fernanflo says:

    Good Works, very impresion!! you are awesome

  36. Jaturapith says:

    In the Text-To-Speech output.
    I want to install voice data more, but it is disable.
    How I can install more voice data?
    Thank you very much.

  37. marco says:

    does not boot at startup , you see only the colored square in the center of the screen , why?

  38. Naven Suresh says:

    Hi ,
    You have mentioned this “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).”

    Is there any way to do the same process from windows OS?

    Thank you in advance!

    • exton says:

      No, but very soon I’m ready with a new version of RaspAnd Lollipop which can be installed using Win32 Disk Imager (in Windows). Just tell me you want it when it’s ready.

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