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Android-Based RaspAnd OS Updated for Raspberry Pi 3 with Google Play Support

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After announcing the latest build of his Ubuntu-based RaspEX Linux distro for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton now informs Softpedia about the release of RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 Build 170805.

It's been two months since Arne Exton's RaspAnd received an update, and the latest build is here to finally make Google Play Store work, allowing users to install various of the supported Android apps on their Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computers.

"I have finally managed to make a version of RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 (for Raspberry Pi 3), which has GAPPS installed and Google Play store working," said Arne Exton. "The video performance is generally much better than in previous versions and the screen flickering is (almost) gone."

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Final Android Things preview adds RPi3 features and new i.MX6 UL target

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Google released Developer Preview 5 of Android Things, adding Android O, OpenGL ES, and WebView on the RPi 3, and support for an i.MX6 UL based “SprIoT” kit.

Google’s Android Things Developer Preview 5 (DP5) is the latest release of the original preview released last December when Google announced that its Brillo OS for IoT was being retooled into an Android Things distribution. The major improvement is a shift to a foundation of Android O, the nickname for what is expected to be an Android 8.0 release due in the next few months. There is also an improved Android Things Console, a new i.MX6 UL target — the NXP-supported Murata SprIoT kit – and OpenGL ES 2.0/WebView and dynamic pin muxing support on the Raspberry Pi 3.

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Snapdragon 212 SBC ships with 7-inch touchscreen

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Kaynes’ “SKATE-212” SBC runs Android Nougat or Linux on a quad -A7 Snapdragon 212 with WiFi, BT, GPS, LAN, IMU, dual MIPI-CSI, and a 7-inch touchscreen.

Long-time Qualcomm partner Intrinsyc delivered the first SBC built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 212 SBC back in May with its $595 Open-Q 212. Now, as noted first by CNXSoft, Intrinsyc has some cheaper competition from a SKATE-212 SBC development kit from India-based Kaynes Technology that has gone on pre-order for only $349. The kit is designed for “industrial, medical, IIoT, mission critical, and surveillance verticals.”

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