Raspberry Pi 3 Unofficially Gets Android TV

Back in January I reported on how developer Geek Till it Hertz was able to port a version of Android TV to the Raspberry Pi, essentially making it the cheapest Android TV box (although it’s not official). It had a couple of issues related to performance and graphics processing, which is understandable.

Yet the developer has not given up. Instead, he’s decided to venture further into putting Android TV on things with the new Raspberry Pi 3. It went on sale just a couple of months ago, with several improvements over its predecessor. It now includes a more powerful processor as well as built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

As you can see in his video above, the system is much more responsive and seems to be able to handle apps like Kodi and playback video smoothly without stuttering or dropping frames.

Performance is further demonstrated through this video made by ETA PRIME on YouTube where he plays several emulator games on his ATV Rasp Pi. Mario Kart 64 runs surprisingly smoothly in an emulator app, a testament to the capability of the new Raspberry Pi. The YouTuber uses an Xbox controller as well as a Bluetooth keyboard for controlling the device. As it has built-in Bluetooth, you should be able to hook up most standard gamepads. He also overclocked it slightly to 1.3 GHz.

If you want to check this out for yourself, you can check out the Geek Till it Hertz blog for instructions on installing or visit his YouTube channel to watch more videos.

Additionally, the Android-Raspberry Pi Google Group is still active, and it’s a great place to continue discussing this project and Android on Raspberry Pi as a whole.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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