This is not for the faint of heart, unfortunately.
Chromecast with Google TV got the Android 12 upgrade last month. But funny enough, your Raspberry Pi 4 can run a newer version of Google’s Smart TV software – Android TV 13. All you need is an unofficial port.
If you are a big Raspberry Pi fan, these next few sentences might give you a sense of déjà vu. Android 13 and Android TV 13 operating systems ported to Raspberry Pi 4 by KonstaTHe is a senior member of XDA Developers forums. KonstaT regularly collects new versions of Android for the Raspberry Pi, incl Android 12L port from earlier this year.
This new port takes advantage of the LineageOS 20 database, which was launched just a few months ago. As you know, pedigree It brings new versions of Android to old and unsupported smartphones, although it is used regularly for fun projects.
Now, should you use your Raspberry Pi as an Android TV 13 live streaming stick? Mostly not. As KonstaT explains, this port is only for advanced users, and some features (such as hardware video decoding and encoding) don’t work yet. Additionally, due to the DRM imposed by streaming services like Netflix, the Raspberry Pi version of Android TV 13 can’t always stream video in the highest quality.
If you’re interested in doing weird things with your Pi, you can find the Android TV 13 ROM and instructions at XDA forums. Note that you need a Raspberry Pi 4 with at least 2GB of RAM (or similar Raspberry Pi 400).