What is Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pis are cheap, credit card-sized, single board ARM computers with a focus on education and open source software. Hardware hackers, tinkerers and DIY-ers love the Pi due to its open nature, small size, and plethora of ports and software.

For just $35, you get a 1.2GHz 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 ARMv8 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a VideoCore IV GPU, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1. From there, it’s up to you to add all the missing components via external devices. For example: MicroSD card for storage, HDMI connected external display and for sound, use the 3.5mm audio/composite video jack. Everything else can be plugged into one of 4 USB ports, Ethernet jack, 40 GPIO pins, CSI camera port, or the DSI display port.

The Raspberry Pi computers have some Android support already, but the main focus is on Linux. This may change as Google seems to have opened an official Android code repository for the Pi 3.

For now, the Pi 3 device tree is empty with only the comment “initial empty repository” accompanying it. The repository should soon start to fill with code, though. This is very exciting news for a those of us who like to play with gadgets like the Raspberry Pi.  We will finally be able to run official Android apps like Kodi and Netflix on our Raspberry Pi setups.

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