I wonder what the limitations of Google's official Android port for Raspberry Pi 3 are? Is this for end users who wish to use Android?

Google's Android source repository gets a new device tree especially for the Pi 3.

With a search engine I don't find use cases for this.

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    AFAICT it isn't very popular, probably because if you want an Android TV box (what the pi most resembles), you would be better off buying one of those instead. I guess the use-case is for when people want to combine it with something involving the GPIOs, but I do not know what the state of things there is.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 3, 2017 at 18:02

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Google has ported Android Things to the Raspberry Pi. Differences to regular Android are

  • support for I2C , PWM and other interfaces
  • no Android-style multitasking , a single headed or headless foreground app
  • no staus bar , no menu , no home screen , no notifications
  • no Play Store + infrastructure (currently deployment is over adb only !)
  • less focus on Multimedia (video/3D acceleration is still unstable)

The target is not people looking for a cheap Android box. It is for developers and OEMs which want to create medium-to-high powered IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

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