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5 Cool Raspberry Pi projects for Android users

With the help of a few apps, Linux’s tiny Raspberry Pi computer is more Android friendly than you might think.

For those not familiar with it, the Raspberry Pi is a small computer that can be plugged in to your TV or a variety of other objects. Despite its small size, it can be used for most projects you would perform on a desktop computer, including word-processing, gaming and playing HD videos.

But what makes it truly appetising for Android users is just how hackable the Pi is. With just a few tweaks it can be linked to your device in a variety of ways and used to perform plenty of functions that can help not only expand the usability of your device, but also distribute the Android operating system onto different platforms. Best of all, these functions can be performed with some help from a handful of apps from the Google Play store.

  1. FTP transfers

    By connecting both your device and Pi to the same network, users can install the AndFTP app for a quick solution of distributing files. The app is also compatible with many media servers, so that you can watch videos through your Raspberry Pi as well.

  2. Live streaming

    There are plenty of things you can do with the Raspberry Pi camera, but one of the best is turning it into a live streaming device. Download the VLC Beta app onto your device and connect it to the Pi to have a platform to record the world around you.

  3. Control functions

    Navigating your way through the menus of the Raspberry Pi, the androidVNC app includes a graphical interface that new users will be able to use to find things a whole lot easier. Best of all, the interface can be customised on your phone.

  4. Server management

    ConnectBot is a must-have app. It can be used to log in to your Pi wherever you are and control many of its core functions. One added bonus is being able to control your mail and web servers and diagnose any problems.

  5. Add Bluetooth

    Another way to share files between mobile and the Pi is by installing a Bluetooth terminal to the computer. Download the Bluetooth Terminal Emulator app and follow the instructions to install a version of Bluetooth on a designated Raspberry Pi port.

    This article first appeared as part of Android Magazine issue 40’s ‘The Future is Android’ feature. To read the feature in full, buy the magazine here or download it from Google Play.