Running Android Using Anbox

Needed some emulator for android for my linux, there's some cases when my favorite app doesn't have a web version that's why I'm getting this android in linux using Anbox (android in a box). I also tried genymotion where I couldn't get the playstore working and also I have Emulator from android studio but don't want to open android studio everytime I need the emulator, you can open by command but I failed (will come to this again)

It maybe ugly but it gets the job done
snap install --devmode --beta anbox

Installing Playstore for anbox, there's no playstore by default so you need to install it... Sometimes it takes a long time because I think it's using sourceforge and from where I'm from the downloads takes forever.

wget <>
chmod +x

If you failed to install playstore and want just to install the apk get this

sudo apt install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
//open anbox
adb install app.apk

Update - I said I will be back here again, so here it is, I don't really like the UI for Anbox and the click are not accurate ( i'm using an app ) So I wen't back using AVD and get the emulator that has Play Store not the API. Also it can run using command.

## go to android tools
./emulator -list-avds

## emulator: ERROR: A snapshot operation for 'Pixel_4_API_30' is pending and timeout has expired. Exiting...
sudo rm ~/.android/avd/Pixel_4_API_30.avd/*.lock

## to run emulator
./emulator @Pixel_4_API_30 // see the name in list avds

How to uninstall anbox

My system is ubuntu 20.04

snap remove anbox

sudo apt install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:morphis/anbox-support

Subscribe to You Live What You Learn

Don’t miss out on the latest issues. Sign up now to get access to the library of members-only issues.
[email protected]