Google’s Android Things OS won’t work on new Raspberry Pi board

0 Posted by - 24th March 2017 - Technology

The new Raspberry Pi Zero W was designed to be a board to make internet-of-things devices, but a key OS from Google won’t work on the hardware.

Google’s Android Things IoT OS will not work with the small developer board, which is partly a wireless board, partly a gadget development tool. The Zero W is priced at US$10.

The Zero W has a 1GHz single-core BCM2835 processor, which is based on the ARMv6 architecture.

Android Things does not support ARMv6, so the OS will not work on the board. The OS is specially tuned to work with specific chipsets.

The BCM2835 chip is the same in the original Raspberry Pi developer boards.

The lack of support of Android Things on Zero W isn’t a major concern for Eben Upton, the founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation.

“We’re hopeful that in time Google will resuscitate the ARMv6 support in Android to allow Things to run on Zero W,” Upton said.

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