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?