Ubuntu Phone will be the first Linux system that is compatible with Android apps

Ubuntu Phone

The UBPorts project leader has recently reported a new milestone within the UBPorts project. As you well know, UBPorts is the website that took care of maintaining and updating Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu Phone, after being abandoned by Canonical. The project is going very well and after several updates, we see how the mobile operating system is becoming more and more mature and a real option before Android and iOS.

It was recently announced in the project blog the intention of bring Android apps to Ubuntu Phone, without the need to port them, only using the original Android application.

This will be achieved thanks to the Andbox (Android in a Box) project, a project that try to containerize Android apps, in such a way that it can run on any operating system other than Android. This project will be taken to Ubuntu Phone, in such a way that the user of this operating system will be able to use certain Android apps on the mobile without having to install Android, an Android emulator or change the device.

Anbox is coming soon to Ubuntu Phone, but OTA-3 is now available for Ubuntu Phone devices. This update completely removes the Canonical store from devices and adds the OpenStore to the system-setting package. Various bugs that appeared on various devices with Ubuntu Phone, such as the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 or the BQ m10 FHD, have been corrected. Some news has appeared in this update, such as the possibility of use the NextCloud service with our device, something interesting for those looking to have cloud services.

There is still a long way to go for Anbox to be present in Ubuntu Phone, but it will be a reality, something that will allow us choose any smartphone or operating system without having to depend on certain apps like WhatsApp or Google Photos. However, Will this be the success of Ubuntu phone?

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  1.   Matías Contributes said

    I do not understand. I thought Android was like Linux. Why wouldn't the android playstore be compatible on an ubuntu mobile system?

  2.   Alarcon Ryo said

    I want to test a phone with Ubuntu phone * ~ *

    1.    Leonhard Suarez said


    2.    lomunet said

      Alarcón Ryo, Android works with the linux kernel for hardware recognition, but above all it is a Java virtual machine.

    3.    July said

      Easy. Android is a linux, but not a ** gnu / linux ** that is, it has its own runtime that is different from the rest of the distributions. This is why the rest of linux cannot run android apps (nor can you run gnome on android, for example) without implementing the standard gnu / linux runtime, this is what the UBPorts people are implementing now and the opposite step is what they are doing in samsung with samsung dex. Things are going to get very interesting.

      A greeting.

    4.    Mark_XP said

      It is simply xke android uses only the linux kernel to be able to run its hardware through a java virtual machine, on the other hand, the ubuntu phone linux is 100% works everything like a linux pc and does not have any java XD instead most apps of android are written in java which is why it is not easy to port to linux 🙁

  3.   Ramonix said

    Android the only thing that has Linux in the kernel, if not, greetings

  4.   Daniel Gonzalez Vasquez said

    Saying that is redundant because the Android OS IS Linux ..

  5.   Johnny Morales Samos said

    Where in Mexico ???

  6.   Gabriel Zapet said

    I would swear the last time I heard about ubuntuPhone, it was about the project being canceled

    1.    July said

      It was canceled in the sense that the Canonical people abandoned it. But here's the great thing about free software, the community around ubuntu phone was big enough, knowledgeable and interested enough to continue it on their own.

  7.   Jose Enrique Monterroso Barrero said

    How would it be installed?

    1.    elcondonrotodegnu said

      If you have a compatible mobile it is super easy https://devices.ubports.com/#/

  8.   Nemy said

    I have used ubuntu phone and had to leave it, it was failing a lot
    It was also very slow on the mobile, the same mobile with android goes like a plane

  9.   SFOS said

    Sailfish OS has been around for several years, it is pure Linux and is capable of running android applications. So Ubuntu Phone is not the first.

  10.   Antonio Hdz said

    But it had been canceled, right?

    1.    M said

      In favor, here a Sailfish user since 2013, I laugh at Ubuntu ...

      1.    M said

        It was an answer to SFOS not to Antonio Hdz, sorry!

  11.   edenilson said

    Woooh I'm dying to try it, do you know when phones with this OS will be sold in Mexico ??????????