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Android OS

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:16 am
by helpful55
New to raspberry. I am not sure that I will need any of the special features using a pi 3, but I wouldn’t be surprised. For now I know I just want to use it to stream music off of the net. I am thinking of using android as that is all scienced out and easy to use. If I do any video work I may want to be able to set up a fan speed control. Is android fine for what I want now or should I just start off with raspbian and get working with that? Any downsides to android? Maybe I could try multiple OS’s and see what I like/works. Thanks for any ideas.

Re: Android OS

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:11 am
by rpdom
Use Raspbian. It is the best supported OS.

There is no officially supported version of Android for the Raspberry Pi.

Re: Android OS

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:40 am
by W. H. Heydt
For the purpose for which the Pi was invented, Android is a trap. It hides the actual computer away where you can't get at the system to so anything other than the very limited repertoire of canned applications.

That said, you can do the things you want to do, and have far more control over them by using programs that will run on Raspbian. For streaming audio, check out programs like mplayer or omxplayer. You can even wrap them into shell scripts--that you write yourself--to do things not simple "app" will do. And if you get interested in how it's actually done, you can download the source code and--if you wish--modify it suit yourself.

Re: Android OS

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:37 am
by hippy
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:40 am
For the purpose for which the Pi was invented, Android is a trap. It hides the actual computer away where you can't get at the system to so anything other than the very limited repertoire of canned applications.
It is entirely possible to develop one's own Android Apps and many people do.

Besides it doesn't seem the OP is that interested in what the Pi was originally intended for, but is more wanting to use it as a consumer as many other Pi users do. many Pi users are not interested in learning about computers, understanding how computers work, are mostly interested in wanting to achieve whatever they want to do. Many simply want to run Kodi, Minecraft or some other application, choose the Pi because it's a cheap option.

It is true the Pi allows for a lot more, but many Pi users aren't interested in any of that.

Re: Android OS

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:48 pm
by Pithagoros
Any downsides to android?
Any upsides to it?

Re: Android OS

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:00 pm
by fruitoftheloom
helpful55 wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:16 am
New to raspberry. I am not sure that I will need any of the special features using a pi 3, but I wouldn’t be surprised. For now I know I just want to use it to stream music off of the net. I am thinking of using android as that is all scienced out and easy to use. If I do any video work I may want to be able to set up a fan speed control. Is android fine for what I want now or should I just start off with raspbian and get working with that? Any downsides to android? Maybe I could try multiple OS’s and see what I like/works. Thanks for any ideas.

Android is a Community Supported OS:

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!forum/android-rpi

Re: Android OS

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:14 pm
by mahjongg
hippy wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:37 am

It is true the Pi allows for a lot more, but many Pi users aren't interested in any of that.
then a PI isn't the correct device for them....

the PI is intended to be a learning device, and so unsurprisingly the RPF isn't interested in supporting Android.