The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful piece of kit that runs Linux as a computing teaching tool or even as a nifty emulation station. You can now get a version of Android 11 running on Raspberry Pi hardware thanks to work by devs.
Since the Raspberry Pi uses the same ARM architecture used effectively on billions of Android devices, it hasn’t always been simple to get the mobile OS to run on the mini computer. One of the main culprits for this is missing drivers, but developer Max Weninger has managed to port the Android 11-based OmniROM (via Reviewgeek, h/t Android Police) to the Raspberry Pi model 4.
You can have the same experience you would encounter on any smartphone running the same OS build, by running Android 11 in tablet mode. It should be noted that this is quite different from running something like Android TV, which is tailored rather than active and daily interaction for media consumption.
OmniROM appears to run just fine on the Raspberry Pi 4, but as a result of being stuck in “tablet mode,” there are some problems such as graphical glitches. Almost all other features and functions of Android 11 are perfectly fine, though on the Raspberry Pi, with the Play Store accessible as the Google apps package comes bundled with OnmiROM.
Although this is not necessarily useful to most people out there, if you are a fan of tinkering and have the Raspberry Pi 4, it might be a neat way to mess around with the OS. To get started, be sure to follow Weninger’s complete guide to the XDA Forums.