Sunday, June 11, 2017

Anbox Lets You Easily Run Android Apps in Linux Distro

The ability of an independent system to easily work with another independent system is one of the features of a good system. A given system cannot say it is complete or perfect when it can not be integrated with another system to achieve a particular. Many of users Linux abandoned the Linux ecosystem when Android become popular because of the inability of users to easily run APK apps with their Linux machines. Now thanks to Anbox, Linux users can now easily run Android apps in their Linux PC.



Windows users have been enjoying this same benefit via Bluestacks and Jide's Remix OS. And now, a container-based approach for booting a complete Android system on a Linux distro. is here. This inventure allows one to seamlessly run Android apps on a distro without any emulation, unlike in Windows. However, it is important to note that Anbox is still in it's in Alpha stage, so you might wanna expect few crashes and instability. Currently, Anbox is supported by Ubuntu 16.04 and later.

Anbox (Which means Android in a Box) is an open source project that doesn’t need emulation to run Android apps. It handles Android apps as if they are desktop programs. Anbox puts the “Android operating system into a container, abstracts hardware access and integrates core system services into a GNU Linux system.”

As Anbox is a complete Android system, which runs on the same kernel as the host OS, any app can be used. It uses Android 7.0’s freeform mode, so the apps can be moved around and resized at ease.



Becuase it is still in its developmental state, only Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later is officially supported. So if your machine runs on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later, pull up your command terminal and run the following command to install Anbox.

sudo snap install --classic anbox-installer && anbox-installer

Anbox is an open source program, so fell free to access its codes at GitHub. Remember, it is still unstable yet and you might experience a few hiccups. And you can go right ahead and see for yourself a 53 seconds video review of what Anbox is and how it works.


Several Features of Anbox includes:
1.    It is Open Source
The whole source code is available as Open Source and licensed under the terms of the Apache and GPLv3 license.

2.    It has No Limits:
As Anbox is running an entire Android system, conceptually any application can run.

3.    It is Completely Secure:
Anbox puts Android apps into a tightly sealed box without direct access to hardware or your data.

4.    Optimum Performance:
Runs Android without hardware virtualization and seamlessly bridges over hardware acceleration features.

5.    Properly Integrated:
Tightly integrated with the host operating system to offer a rich feature set.

6.    Cross-Platform
Anbox scales across different form factors similar to Android does. It works on a laptop and a mobile phone.

It is expected that you will encounter some difficulties and bug while using Anbox, so if you do experience any, please do share it with the developers on GitHub




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