Well I have been looking at the Raspberry Pi (I hope that’s not a swear word in here) for a while now for a couple projects I had in mind. However, I came across Beaglebone and it seems the Beaglebone Black may be the perfect solution to one of my projects. Here is some background. I am a storm spotter/chaser and the more info I have access to the better I can be out in the field. I am planning on mounting my Android tablet in my car to be used as either GPS or my weather radar, which I have a few apps already to do that.
Well after kicking around the idea of a Raspberry Pi (man i really hope I’m not swearing) it seems its much harder to find a good live weather radar app for Linux. Well when I saw that the Beaglebone Black can have the Android OS installed on it I was like “WTH? FOR REAL?” type of excited. So I guess there are a few things I am curious about to see if this really could be my true answer to my project.
- How do you go about installing Android? I mean I know I don’t have the Beaglebone Black yet, but just curious about the process.
- Is Android pretty easy to install for a n00b?
- Once Android is installed and setup, Im assuming I just configure me gmail account like I have done with my smartphone and tablet and this is going to give me access to all of my apps on my Google Store account?
- Because the Beaglebone Black supports the Android OS, does this mean that most/all of my apps will run on it to with no/few issues?
- For my application, I would like to use a Blutooth keyboard and separate Blutooth touch pad mouse. Will I beable to do both of those if I am running the Android OS?
- Lastly, and Ill stop being the question filled n00b, I would also like to have GPS hoocked up to the Beaglebone Black because I have google apps that can track each one of us out in the field so we know where different people are in relation to the storm. Is there a “Cape” that will give me GPS and what I need for that?
Thank you very much for any and all the help.