• Use Android Apps On Antergos


    Strange title, right?

    Anyways, on Zorin OS I was able to use Arc Welder to run various Android apps. Supposedly, it should work for Arch also. However, after installing it, it gets stuck on Adding Your APK. Here’s a screenshot:
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    If anyone has any suggestions, that would be very nice!

    Thank you!

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  • Hi again!

    Turns out Arc Welder only works with Chrome, and not Chromium. I can now use any Android apps that do not require google play services.

    Thank you!

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  • Hope I’m not misunderstanding you but if you are looking for an android emulator, then there is genymotion. It’s the most popular for linux.
    Link for the personal use and free version: https://www.genymotion.com/fun-zone/

    If you don’t like emulation and want a kind of native but more advanced experience then you should be looking at Anbox.
    Link: https://anbox.io/

    Hope that helps!
    Edit: I guess I did misunderstand haha.

  • Thanks! I have been looking for a native experience that is more user friendly than anbox at the moment. For now, Arc Welder is working for me, although I might switch to anbox a little later.

    Thank you!

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  • You are welcome. I think after the learning curve of anbox. You will yield much better results than the average emulators out there. Even though I haven’t tried it yet because of the lack of app store.

  • @Otakami said in Use Android Apps On Antergos:

    I think after the learning curve of anbox. You will yield much better results than the average emulators out there.

    My thoughts exactly! That is why for now I am using Arc Welder. It works beautifully and is extremely easy to use. However, I think sometime I will eventually switch to anbox like you said.

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  • @Otakami

    Because I was curious I have installed anbox, unfortunately I can not find out how I can start.

    But as far as io can see it is something like a virtual box for android?

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  • @joekamprad said in Use Android Apps On Antergos:

    But as far as io can see it is something like a virtual box for android?

    Basically. It is more like Wine for Android rather than Windows, but it is still in Alpha stage and so everything must be done from the terminal for now. That is why I am currently using Arc Welder instead. It is extremely easy and works the same way. I already have a weather app installed natively! All one has to do this is to either go to APK Mirror and find their APK or go to APK Downloader and copy and paste the link and then download it. After downloading the desired APK fiile, you can open up Arc Welder or anbox and launch it as your application.

    NOTE: The only limitation is that Google Play Services are not available and many apps over 80 MB fail to work correctly. However, the small ones (including games) tend to work perfectly:grinning:.

    I have actually been planning to put this in the Wiki for others once I figure it out further.

    Hope this helps!

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  • Even Candy Crush works flawlessly!
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    I just installed it now out of curiosity, but now I might get rid of it. However, now I know of a way Linux users can easily play more games!

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  • NOTE: just like Wine, this is really a hit and miss type of thing here. Some apps work and some just don’t. However, with many apps, when they display a pop up saying that Google Services are required to continue, you can just click anywhere on the screen (other than the pop up of course) and it will go away and let you continue!

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  • I even found a better calendar for Linux( or at least Gnome). Solcalendar works perfectly and has a lot more features available! In addition, it’s very customizable too:grinning:.

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  • @joekamprad said in Use Android Apps On Antergos:

    But as far as io can see it is something like a virtual box for android?

    @Keegan said in Use Android Apps On Antergos:

    Basically. It is more like Wine for Android rather than Windows, but it is still in Alpha stage and so everything must be done from the terminal for now.

    This is the perfect answer here for sure. I haven’t used anbox personally but after my searching and reading about it thoroughly. It is basically wine for android. You have to get and supply your own APKs. Which is I personally don’t like haha.

  • @Otakami said in Use Android Apps On Antergos:

    Which is I personally don’t like haha.

    hehehe… I know what you mean! However, I have found it really isn’t as bad as I thought it would be to do so, now that I have discovered http://www.apkmirror.com and https://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/. Through using these two sites, I don’t have to provide my own APK files anymore. Instead, they find the right ones for me and I just download them to use.

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  • Right but one thing I really loved about antergos/archlinux is pacman. I just open a GUI and manage every program that is being constantly updated in their offficial repo and AUR. App store is basically that.

    In short, I like automisation here (hope I spelt that correct). Manually downloading and managing your own APK will just be another chore for me. Specially with the update process which is seamless with normal app store and mainstream emulators.

  • That’s true, but I don’t think there’s any way to automatically update your apps unless Google (out of sheer kindness:smile:) begins allowing direct downloads by users other than those officially running Android to install things from Google Play. If they did, I bet several apps could be natively run without any hassle on many Linux systems.

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  • I’m using memu (not the best) on windows and it updates everything automatically upon every initial startup. If you are talking about anbox then yeah you have a point.

  • @Otakami said in Use Android Apps On Antergos:

    If you are talking about…

    Sorry, edited my post to make more sense.

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  • How i can use a mobile-phone-tracker.org mobile recorder on Antergos?

  • @vondes i do not think that this will work on other device then a phone, and i do not want to help you on spiyng your employes ;)

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  • @vondes said in Use Android Apps On Antergos:

    How i can use a mobile-phone-tracker.org mobile recorder on Antergos?

    I don’t know if I like the sound of this app, but then again, it would depend on what you’re using it for. Anyways, just download (using the download on their site) and an .apk file will begin to download onto Antergos. Then, (you need to have Chrome installed for this, for some reason Chromium and Vivaldi both fail to work for this part) just install Arc Welder. Once installed, open it up, select your .apk, configure it’s desired settings, and click Test App to launch it.

    A few things to know: It will take awhile to load on it’s initial launch, maybe two to three minutes. After that, it will be much quicker. In addition, only some apps work with this. If it requires Google Play Services, it will not work. Lastly, only smaller apps will work. Probably up to 80 MB is fine.

    For more detailed instructions, please visit this site. Thanks!

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