I see there are some nice apps being developed for Ubuntu touch and that some of them support larger screens. Now, I would like to run some of these apps on my desktop? Is this possible at the moment? If so, how could it be done?

I see that one can install the core apps, but I haven't found any instruction on installing click packages.


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It's all done with the help of a PPA. All you have to do is to open a terminal and run the following command (you will need to be root):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-touch-coreapps-drivers/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touch-coreapps

When the installation finishes, you can find the application in Unity Dash. According to Alan Pope, the apps have been tested on Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 14.04.

Source: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/How-to-Test-and-Use-Ubuntu-Touch-Core-Apps-on-the-Ubuntu-Desktop-433742.shtml


There is experimental emulator for ubuntu 14.04, when someone have it it can be installed from repositories:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install android-emulator
cp -r /usr/share/android/emulator/ ~/
cd ~/emulator/

For other cases I recommend: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/Emulator

Hope it helps :)

  • Thanks! That's a nice start. Not perfect yet, as it's a sandboxed environment, so no easy file access, I guess. But we'll get there one day, I'm sure :)
    – metakermit
    Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 13:02
  • Good, this is available on Debian as well :)
    – pevik
    Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 23:28

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