What is a Raspberry Pi ?
Raspberry Pi is a small credit card sized computer that is connected to a output device and input devices such as monitor, keyboard and mouse and can be used to perform operations as performed on a normal PC. It is a low cost gadget developed by the UK Company Raspberry Pi Foundations to promote computer education for school kids. It also runs many programming languages such as C, Java, Python and even basic programming languages such as scratch. It also can be used to browse the internet, play HD videos, creating documents, spreadsheets, playing games, etc…
Raspberry Pi can be used in many electronics projects which are as advanced as setting up a server for multiplayer gaming to simple projects such as spying on a bird nest. We can tweak it and perform our own projects. We can even install other operating systems such as Linux, RISC OS, and also Android.
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Installing Android OS is very easy on Raspberry Pi. It must be installed on a SD-Card usually a 4GB card to enable the installation of other apps and media files. The Android UI is still buggy on Raspberry Pi and crashes a lot and is very slow. Hence it is recommendable to install the OS only on the version of Raspberry Pi with memory of 512 MB or more.
It is more recommendable to install the android version 2.3 because of the low hardware configuration on Raspberry Pi and since its configuration is equal to that of an entry level smartphone, it will run android 2.3 better.
Steps for installing the Android OS:
- Download the CyanogenMod 7.2 from the given link
- It will be present in the 7z format, unzip it using 7-zip or WINRAR.
- We need to extract the files in the .img file into the sd card. It can be done using the software Win32 Disk Imager. Select the .img file and the device you want it to be copied into and click on write.
MAC OS X
- Download the CyanogenMod 7.2 from the given link.
- Unzip the 7z file using “The Unarchiver” from app store.
- To find the BSD Name of the Sd card: To find the BSD name of the sd card, click on the apple logo from the menu bar and then click on About this MAC and go to More Info and take a look at the System Report. Next, select ‘USB’ from the sidebar and click on “Internal Memory Card Reader”. The BSD Name will be listed here. For ex: disk1
For more detail: How to Install Android on Raspberry Pi ?