IDG Contributor Network: Anbox: Run Android apps in Linux


Run Android apps in Linux

Android rules the roost when it comes to mobile operating systems, it has the biggest market share by far. Even Apple’s iOS pales in comparison in terms of the sheer numbers of devices that run Android.

But did you know that there’s an open source project called that lets you run Android apps in Linux?

Brad Linder reports for Liliputing:

Want to run Android apps on a PC? Developers have been offering emulators like BlueStacks and Genymotion for years. But for the most part those applications set up a virtual machine that isolates your entire Android experience from the rest of your operating system.

Anbox is a new open source system that lets you run Android apps on a PC natively, as if they were desktop applications. There’s no emulation required.

That’s because Anbox is designed to run on GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu or Fedora, using the same Linux kernel for both the host operating system and for Android.

The software is still in alpha and the installer the installer currently requires an operating system that supports snaps, so not all Linux users will be able to easily install Anbox right now. But Ubuntu, arch, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and several other popular Linux-based operating systems already support snaps.

Here’s a video of Anbox in action running Android apps in Ubuntu:

You can now install Snap packages in Fedora

Fedora users can now enjoy the same Snap packages available to Ubuntu users, according to an announcement by Canonical.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Canonical’s David Callé is happy to announce today the availability of the Snappy technologies on the Fedora Linux operating system series, allowing Fedora users to install Snap packages.

Just like Flatpak or AppImage, Snaps are cross-distro packages that allow users of any Linux-based operating system to install any app that’s packaged as a Snap using Snapcraft. These sandboxing technologies make Linux application distribution a breeze.

The Snap format was designed by Canonical for Ubuntu Linux, but the company says on the project’s website that it also runs on Debian GNU/Linux, Arch Linux, Gentoo Linux, openSUSE, OpenWRT, OpenEmbedded, Yocto, and Fedora Linux operating systems.

If until today installing Snaps on Fedora Linux wasn’t something “officially” supported, according to Canonical’s latest press announcement, now they are and users can install Snap packages on the Fedora 24, Fedora 25, and the upcoming Fedora 26 releases.

System76 isn’t giving up on Ubuntu

computers have long been bundled with Ubuntu, and the company has no plans to change that despite Ubuntu’s move from Unity to GNOME.

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