A Raspberry Pi is a great mini-computer that helps you explore computing without spending too much on a machine. With a size as small as a credit card, it offers numerous I/O ports, unlike Appl.. (*cough) $3000 machines that offer only two USB Type-C ports.
Raspberry Pi can run Ubuntu and its own operating system Raspbian, which, as the name suggests, is also based on Debian. But now, thanks to OmniROM, the first Android 11 port for Raspberry Pi 4 has arrived.
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While Android ports on the older Raspberry Pi models exist, what makes this Android port special is it integrates low-level firmware, allowing Pi to run a regular Android version. This is quite tiresome work and requires a lot of patience and effort.
Users can boot into the ROM by either using a microSD card or an external USB storage media. The parameter can be set by heading over to the config.txt by enabling the needed overlay. Additionally, users can also select the MicroG variant if they prefer a “de-Googled” experience. Features like Wi-Fi hotspot, hardware-accelerated video playback, and screencast are currently broken.
This mod certainly didn’t come as a surprise as Android ROMs for Raspberry Pi’s have existed for a long time. Either way, it’s great to see the modding saga continue.
Download OmniROM based on Android 11 for the Raspberry Pi 4 here. Wondering how to install? Head over to this XDA thread.
Let us know in the comments section below how excited you are for the future development scene of the Raspberry Pi? Do let us know if you own one and what you use it for.