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Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by Mercuzio » Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:35 am

Ciao. I'd like to know if it's possible to tun Android apps in Linux. Are other distributions meant to this goal ? Should I install other software ?

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by Mercuzio » Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:43 am

gm10 wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:39 am
https://anbox.io/
Wow ! Great

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by sgtor » Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:49 am

I know ubuntu was supposed to have that in the most recent release(18.xx I think) but ended up not having it but now it's supposed to be in the next release.

Until then one way to try is a chrome app call arc welder. You need to get your hands on the actual APK file then install it to arc welder. You can try it but the few apps I tried it with didn't work.
Basically what I'm saying is you need to install chrome or chromium then install the Arc welder app within chrome then install the APK file within arc welder.

There are also android emulators but I haven't tried any of those yet so I can't advise.

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by catweazel » Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:58 am

sgtor wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:49 am
Until then one way to try is...
... install the snap version, or the PPA version.

Code: Select all

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:morphis/anbox-support
sudo apt-get update
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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by sgtor » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:56 am

catweazel wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:58 am
sgtor wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:49 am
Until then one way to try is...
... install the snap version, or the PPA version.

Code: Select all

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:morphis/anbox-support
sudo apt-get update
Yeah I'll probably try anbox. I've been meaning to get around to looking into the emulators for Linux but other things I wanted to try with Linux were taking precedence. Now I know about anbox so it makes it easy. :)

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by smurphos » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:15 am

android_x86 installed in Virtualbox is another option.

http://www.android-x86.org
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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by jimallyn » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:41 pm

I have installed several Android apps with this method:

https://www.linux.com/learn/installing- ... nux-archon


I see I have also bookmarked this page, so I might have taken some advice from there, too:

https://www.maketecheasier.com/running- ... -on-linux/


It's been months since I've messed with this, so if I wanted to install another Android app, I'd have to figure it out all over again.
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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by phd21 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:50 pm

Hi Mercuzio,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

How to install and run Android Apps (APKs) on Linux with Shashlik
https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/how ... -shashlik/

How to Run Android Apps and Games on Linux
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/run-andro ... mes-linux/

3 Ways to Emulate Android Apps on Linux
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/emulate-a ... pps-linux/


Hope this helps ...
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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by AZgl1500 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:39 pm

catweazel wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:58 am
sgtor wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:49 am
Until then one way to try is...
... install the snap version, or the PPA version.

Code: Select all

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:morphis/anbox-support
sudo apt-get update
Bringing an old post back to the Top.....
my daughter just asked me how to run Android Apps on Linux,
I just ran the above code, but don't find anything in the menus.

anbox in Terminal gave me this
$ anbox
anbox: command not found


what am I lacking?

Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7
Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by smurphos » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:48 am

AZgl1500 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:39 pm
what am I lacking?
The full installation instructions.

There are two basic steps - install necessary kernel modules via the ppa and then install the snap.

https://docs.anbox.io/userguide/install ... dules.html
https://docs.anbox.io/userguide/install.html
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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by sgtor » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:39 am

smurphos wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:48 am
AZgl1500 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:39 pm
what am I lacking?
The full installation instructions.
You'll also need newer hardware too. My hardware won't run anbox, it needs container support, I don't really know enough about it to advise with any more detail than that.

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by AZgl1500 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:10 am

After reading through all of that,

an Android tablet is easier to do, er uh, get ...

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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by phd21 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:45 pm

Hi AZgl1500, and everyone else,

As member smurphos stated its a 2 stage process installing the PPA and then the snap package.

I was able to install "anbox", but I could not run it on my ancient under-powered computer because it requires a video card capable of running "openGL" version 3 or higher.

A long time ago, I was able to run some Android apps using the "Archon" method as member jimallyn mentions and the Chrome browser, but I do not know if that method still works.

I do know that you can install Virtualbox (VB) and a version of Android and that will work if you have a computer with enough resources (system memory "ram", video card, etc...) to run Virtualbox and Android. Using the link below, I was able to install VB and a current Android v8 iso disc image, but I could not complete the initial Android setup probably due to a lack of computer hardware resources, kept saying it could not reach Google?

Complete Guide to Running Android in VirtualBox - Make Tech Easier
https://www.maketecheasier.com/run-andr ... irtualbox/

"Shashlik" is another option, but that did not work well on my system for android either. But it is simple to install and try and may work for others; see previous link on "3 ways to emulate Android".

Obviously, using an Android smartphone or tablet would work.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Android apps in Linux Mint

Post by philotux » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:10 pm

phd21 wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:45 pm
A long time ago, I was able to run some Android apps using the "Archon" method as member jimallyn mentions and the Chrome browser, but I do not know if that method still works.
For me it stopped working a quite few Chrome versions ago. The "Archon" runtime simply didn't load as an extension anymore.

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