I remember a longer time ago there was an anouncement that some Ubuntu developers were planing to bring the possibility to Ubuntu to run Android Apps on an Ubuntu and planned to write an environment for this purpose.

Since this announcement i havn't heard again anything about this plans. And via Google nothing couldn't be found.

Are these plans abandoned?

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    Interestingly, with the advent of HTML 5 and the pending demise of Flash, it may render apps obsolete in just a few years anyway; HTML 5 will be supported on all major platforms including Apple, Windows and Android. Developers would rather develop an application once (on HTML 5) rather than multiple times (once for desktop, once for iPad and iPhone, and once for Android). – Paddy Landau Jan 27 '12 at 18:22
  • It is now possible to run some of Android apps in Google Chrome Linux version with hacks (omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/09/install-android-apps-ubuntu-archon) so I don't think Canonical will revive or continue their own plan; Google and developers are now doing what Canonical once planned. – NullNoname Sep 21 '14 at 4:29

The original plans were presented by Debbie Beliveau and Michael Frey. If you want to know what happened to their plans, you'd probably do best to ping them an email. Most Ubuntu developers don't bite and I'm sure they'd be happy to explain.

Actually, I'm curious about this too, so I'll send them both an email now. I'll post back with any response.

There have been rumblings of activity elsewhere since in other distributions but I've never seen anything as positive as the UDS presentation a couple of years ago.

There is a way to run some Android applications inside Ubuntu: you install the Android software development kit and run applications on a virtual device. Far from perfect but perhaps enough for simple needs.

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    I think looking at the speed of development of Unity in comparison with the complete lack of progress on android-ubuntu cross compatability blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/… finished in june 2009 and..... but looking at what the original people involved are doing now (ARM) I would say that including unity ubuntu might be looking to shape up as an alternative to Android..... just incase. Now that is completely wild speculation but sounds kind of interesting – Allan Dec 14 '10 at 15:57
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    thanks fluteflute, very interested in what they will answer. i know the android dev kit and already used it, but for general purposes the emulator isn't comparably to an runtime environment. – NES Dec 14 '10 at 17:36
  • @Allan: i think a great advantages of Android is the number of great and versatile apps. using them in ubuntu would be great. – NES Dec 14 '10 at 17:38
  • Answer was from me, not fluteflute ;) He just removed the first line. – Oli Dec 14 '10 at 23:49
  • ah sorry. thanks oli, looking forward any news you can provide. – NES Dec 15 '10 at 11:47

May be http://www.android-x86.org/ running in kvm could be an answer. Better than running development kit anyway.

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