Android 11 on the Raspberry Pi 4: so you can have a cheap computer with Android at home

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One of the most popular ultra-cheap computers in Spain is the Raspberry Pi. It is a board that is very low in power and price, ideal for building very simple computers with Linux-based operating systems, as well as creating a retro console or home automation project.

These boards have ARM processors similar to those of mobiles, so they usually have quite a few projects related to Andorid. If you have (or were planning to buy) a fourth generation Raspberry Pi, know that you can already install Android 11 on it thanks to the ROMs.

Android 11 comes to the Raspberry Pi 4 thanks to OmniROM

OmniROM is one of the most historic Android ROMs, born in 2013 and with great customization options. This ROM is not only still alive, but also its version of Android 11 has begun to arrive on the Raspberry Pi 4.

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This version is far from stable, and according to the developer who created the port, the graphic libraries still need work to avoidglitches.Nor does it currently support acceleration due tohardware and the version is prepared with the tablet interface and not Android TV. However, if it is prepared to use Google applications and we can install the system both on the microSD and on the Pendrive.

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The fourth generation Raspberry Pi has the largest performance leap ever made by using a processor with Cortex A72 architecture and having several GB of RAM for the first time. The plate alone is around 57 euros in its 4 GB model in Amazon Spain, while for just over 100 euros there are kits with all the necessary cables, microSD to have internal storage and cooling to maintain good performance without overheating.

If you are interested in installing the Android 11 ROM, we recommend that you go to the XDA Developers thread where you can download the necessary images to download and install the Android version on your computer.

Android 11 for the Raspberry Pi 4 on XDA Developers.

Most relevant changes in Android 11

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  • Notifications:
    • Notification bubbles: Android now incorporates a native floating notification system similar to the Facebook Messenger bubbles, but much more efficient (so much so that even Facebook abandons its system in Android 11). Applications like Telegram are already experimenting with this system and hopefully it will also end up on WhatsApp.
    • Controls for multimedia applications are now part of the quick settings panel.
    • Now we will have a notification history for each application.
    • Grouped notifications have a cleaner and more visual appearance.
    • Priority notifications allow us to select more important contacts and receive personalized notifications with their avatar and able to bypass do not disturb mode.
  • After holding down the power button, we will not only have access to payment cards, but we also have the possibility of having control of the home automation.
  • Privacy:
    • Specific storage becomes a mandatory feature: From now on, applications that require the use of storage permissions will not be able to register your mobile in full, but only access the files necessary for their use.
      • An exception is made for file managers, which still need full access.
    • Automatic restoration of permissions: When we have not used an app for a long time, it will lose access to the permissions it already had.
    • One-time permissions for camera or microphone: Want to give an app permission to use the camera or microphone but don’t want to give it permission forever? Now you can allow them to use these elements once.

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