I am using Raspberry Pi 4 for a while with the latest buster release. I searched for a lot of questions and find that Android development is not possible with Raspberry Pi. But I wonder, that both are powered by Linux.

Is there any way to make an Android app and run it with either Raspbian or with Android mobile directly?

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    run it with either raspbian Please clarify what you mean with with`. Do you mean to run an Android app on a Pi running Raspbian? Or something else?
    – Dirk
    Nov 13, 2019 at 14:08
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    The first one you said Nov 13, 2019 at 14:36
  • This is really a general linux question which you should ask on Unix & Linux. The answer for linux generally, though, is no, except in the emulator (usually used as part of Android Studio), which I doubt will run on any model of Pi. That "they are both powered by linux" is true in the sense that they both use the same OS kernel. However, the Android userland and the GNU userland (used in GNU/Linux distros such as Debian and Rasbpian) are very incompatible.
    – goldilocks
    Nov 13, 2019 at 15:02

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You might be interested in Android Things if you are just looking into having the pi run a single application. As of right now, this is the only supported way of putting android onto a pi. (as far as i know).

There are other options such as LineageOS, but these tend to run pretty slow.


I searched for a lot of questions and find that android development is not possible with raspberry pi.

It is possible to develop Android applications for Raspberry Pi 3 model B running Android Things. Unfortunately, Raspberry Pi 4 is not yet officially supported by Android Things.

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