Linux News Today: RaspAnd Project Brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Raspberry Pi 3, Now with GAPPS
Android-x86 and GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has informed Softpedia today, June 25, 2016, about the immediate availability of a new build of his RaspAnd distribution for Raspberry Pi single-board computers.
RaspAnd Build 160625 is the first to move the Android-x86-based distro to the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system created by Google. And in the good tradition of the RaspAnd project, both Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B are supported.
However, the good news is that RaspAnd now comes with GAPPS (Google Apps) pre-installed, allowing users to access almost all of Google’s services, including but not limited to Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play Services, and Hangouts.
“My Raspberry Pi 3/2 Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 project is finally ready. Took me about 14 days to finish. Normally I upgrade my other Linux systems in about one (1) day,” has said Arne Exton exclusively for Softpedia. “I have finally managed to include Google Play Store and other GAPPS.”
RaspAnd supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on the Raspberry Pi 3
RaspAnd Build 160625 brings even more good news for those who want to transform their tiny Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer into a full-fledged Android PC, as it supports both its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in technologies. And of course, RaspAnd Build 160625 also runs well on the Raspberry Pi 2 board.
Among some useful apps added by Arne Exton in his latest RaspAnd masterpiece, we can mention the Aptoide App Manager as an alternative to Google Play Store, Opera 36.2.2126 web browser, AIDA64 system information, diagnostics and benchmarking solution, Spotify 18.104.22.1684, Bluetooth File Transfer, WinZip, and ES File Explorer.
Rotation Control Pro and the popular Clash of Clans game are also present. RaspAnd Build 160625 is available for purchase for the sum of $9 (€8). The latest binary image can be found on the project’s homepage, where you’ll also find detailed information about how to install the system on your Raspberry Pi devices.