I went through the guide below, but did not achieve a satisfactory result.
I flashed a 32GB microSD card with Android, which was barely enough space. ETA is 12 minutes with an additional 7 minutes for image validation.
Even after installing Android, I’m not sure if live streaming with the THETA V will work. I’m hoping that I’ll get a better understanding of Android development on single board computer Android devices. There may be technical limitations. For example, I’m not sure if Android on RPi3 has hardware graphics acceleration working properly.
If the Raspberry Pi doesn’t work due to performance reasons, then there are many other boards that can run Android.
This one might be interesting due to a combination of price and performance.
There’s some cause for skepticism about the Android on Rpi performance in this section from the article from the LoverPi blog:
However, some applications will have problems downloading them. Also as said in the introduction, this is an experimental setup and the GPU is not very well supported. It is therefore likely that Android is experiencing slowdowns. If you want a card that can run Android well, we recommend using an Odroid . We did not test on it but the returns are good.
I decided to test the Raspberry Pi first as I had a unit on my desk and it was easy to get some form of Android running on it fairly easily.
Raspberry Pi 3 running Android 7.1.1
I’m able to use Ethernet and a web browser.
Google Play Store Problems
I’m getting this error when I try to access the Google Play Store.
As this is a fairly big problem, I’m going to switch my testing to a commercial version of Android so that I can at least evaluate the hardware performance of the Raspberry Pi 3 running Android.
For evaluation purposes, I’m going to try the demo version of Emteria OS Android 7.1.2 on Raspberry Pi 3.
There’s a couple of interesting pieces to this, including the OpenGapps.org site.
As the Emteria OS will reboot every 8 hours and the commercial version is 69 Euros per device, it’s unlikely this is a long-term solution. However, it may be useful for testing.