Android apps could be compatible with Ubuntu Phone

The news came out yesterday and many consider it incredible, but taking into account the creator of it and the ideas that we have about the process, it seems that it is something very simple that will take place in the short term.

The leader of UBPorts, Marius Gripsgård, has announced that it is working on a new feature for Ubuntu Phone that would allow Android apps to be installed and run on Ubuntu Phone, something that would work as it currently does on other operating systems such as Sailfish OS.

Marius's idea is to use the Sailfish OS tools in combination with an intermediate layer that makes it easier for Android apps to create the screen on the Ubuntu Phone Mir server. This would be something similar to how Wine works, that is, Marius intends to carry out a program similar to Wine that is compatible with Android apps and allows the user to install and run Android apps on Ubuntu Phone.

Android apps already work on other operating systems such as Sailfish OS

This in addition to introduce billions of apps to the Ubuntu Phone ecosystem, it would allow the Ubuntu desktop to be filled with new apps, interesting and powerful functions such as the Google Drive app or the Evernote app. Not forgetting all the web services that would come to Ubuntu such as the official YouTube application, Google Docs or Netflix, to name a few.

What is proposed by Marius is nothing extraordinary because, as we have said, Sailfish OS already offers something similar and Plasma Mobile will also offer it. Although it does seem that it will not be tomorrow or at the end of the year when we have it on our smartphone with Ubuntu but it will take more time to see it, but it seems that it will come.

Personally I think it is possible, but I don't know if it will really be interesting to launch Android apps to Ubuntu Phone or launch new devices with Ubuntu Phone What do you think?

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  1.   Enrique de Diego said

    That would be very good

  2.   Jose Enrique Monterroso Barrero said

    Are there roms with ubuntu? How strong…

  3.   Ramon said

    I have a bq 5 ubuntu edition and I feel a bit isolated and limited with my device. I would prefer to always use telegram but the harsh reality is that beyond convincing the closest family environment to install it, the vast majority of people use only WhatsApp. This is a problem in work and friendship groups. I have been able to install whatsappweb but to make it work I have to have another phone always on with the "original" whatsapp. Apart from the inconvenience of using a web format on the phone, the compatibility and the possibility of synchronization with the rest of the applications and resources of the phone is scarce. I hope that the developers of this simulator function take this into account and we do not end up installing limited versions of applications isolated from the rest of the phone.

    1.    Joseph said

      The same happens to me. For work reasons I must have WhatsApp, apart from other applications that Ubuntu Phone does not have. I currently use Cyanogen and want to use Ubuntu phone, I hope this development arrives as soon as possible.

  4.   Alex said

    Hopefully it really does happen in the short term, this would really give Ubuntu phone the boost that Ubuntu phone lacks.

  5.   Pablo said

    Hello. I also have an UbuntuPhone. And I would also like it to work better.
    In my case, I always use Telegram. I switched from WhatsApp a long time ago. I have it clear. For others, or telegram or call me. At work they have no right to make me use an application with such an overwhelming loss of privacy with WhatsApp that they switch to Telegram.
    Although I understand that not everyone sees it that clearly (how simple it is not usually).