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Android 4.0 ported to the Raspberry Pi

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been ported to the $25 Raspberry Pi, giving some users a long awaited taste of Android on the tiny device. The port allows the device, better known for running various versions of Linux, to act much like a smartphone or tablet, albeit at a slower pace.

Right now, the port is progressing well. Hardware accelerated video and graphics are working as expected. However, the next major step is to get audio working.

The above video shows some basic Android functions running on the Raspberry Pi and while lag is obvious in some areas, it is a given for a 700 MHz single core processor and 256 MB of RAM.

Right now the port is not publicly available but they hope to make it so once two kernels have been merged.

KitGuru says: While other Linux distributions may be a better option, the range of this $25 device is impressive.

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  • Kieran

    I hope they make it easy to overclock it like on the other Pi OS’ changing a text file easy and that should definitely make it smoother, considering its pretty easy to go to 850MHz on the CPU, and 500MHz on the RAM, that should make it more suitable to run ICS