Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi

A new tree sprouts on android.googlesource.com

Android might just be coming to the Raspberry Pi.

Evidence for the development can be found here in the recently-created android/device/pifoundation/rpi3 directory at android.googlesource.com.

It's an empty tree and has been since its creation on April 19th, 2016 by someone called Thomas Joseph Avila who has a google.com email address.

Google's open source Android project already has code for Intel's Edison, Arduino-powered accessories and even TI's Panda single-board computers. Taking a slice of Pi is therefore not an outlandish move.

There's no sign that work is in progress or of a timeline having been set for Android-on-Pi's completion.

If and when it's done, it will be an intriguing offer. Android of course has a colossal collection of apps and is rather more familiar to many people than Raspbian and perhaps more approachable than even the NOOBS OS installer,

The Register suspects Google and the Raspberry Pi foundation would not would not mind if Android on Pi gives more people a reason to acquire the machine. Or is Google instead trying to make Android a more viable target for the customised industrial Pis the Foundation is pitching as an Internet of Things thing? ®

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