WayDroid: Anbox has competition, although only in part, and could overcome it

Waydroid About two or three weeks ago I wanted to test Anbox on my Raspberry Pi with Manjaro ARM. While trying on the small board, I also tried on my laptop with Manjaro, but nothing I had worked for me (I didn't waste time trying to figure anything out either). What is available for the Raspberry does work, in part because it is a more limited board and some Android apps make more sense there. And well, the experience was not the best it could have been. For that reason, and although I can live without it, it has caught my attention read about Waydroid.

Until now, most phones and tablets that promise support for running Android applications use Anbox. WayDroid is taking its first steps, and it is important to say where the name comes from: "Wayland" and "Android". Right now, and how Anbox is actually based on itIt is like emulating Android on the phone, but it does not suffer as much as a virtual machine of VirtualBox or GNOME Boxes, among others, because it uses the same kernel as the host system.

WayDroid uses LineageOS

What we can see in the video above is a OnePlus 6 with Linux 5.14 and a postmarketOS running WayDroid, although Caleb mentions Anbox which is the software on which it is based. The good thing is that it seems that the performance exceeds that of «Android Box», but the bad thing is that only works on computers using the Wayland server. At the moment, it is known to be compatible with all devices that can run Ubuntu Touch.

The good thing about this is seeing that the development of Anbox, WayDroid or whatever makes possible run android apps on linux keep going. Of course, it would be nice to be able to do it as Windows 11 will, but we will still have to wait a little longer until they launch something that works on most computers and can install any user without difficulty. Anbox does it, but it cannot be installed by just anyone and with performance that could be improved. Anyway. Patience.


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