Installing and running Android applications on Linux


As you know, many Android applications can be natively launched on Chrome OS thanks to the Chrome App Runtime library .

Using the chromeos-apk and ARChon extensions, the launch of the Android APK has been made possible on other OSs.

In this post, I’ll show you how to install an arbitrary Android application on Ubuntu 14.04.

Source Tools:
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Chrome 39.0 (another version 37+ is also suitable).


Install ARChon Runtime
1) Download and unpack ARChon into an arbitrary directory;
2) Open Chrome and enable Developer mode in chrome: // extensions / ;
3) Click on “Load unpacked extension” and install the unpacked ARChon.

Next, you need to prepare the APK archive for installation.

Install chromeos-apk
1) For Ubuntu, first of all, you need to install the lib32stdc ++ 6 library:

sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6

2) chromeos-apk can be installed using the npm package manager (supplied with node.js ).
3) Now you can install chromeos-apk directly:

npm install chromeos-apk -g

Now you are ready to unpack the APK.

We prepare the APK using chromeos-apk
1) To unpack the APK-archive, do the following:

chromeos-apk path/to/file.apk

2) Now we have the Chrome-APK extension, and all we need is to download ( chrome: // extensions / ) and run it.

UPD: useful links from sequence
ARChon Packager : creates archives for archon from applications installed on the phone.
twerk : chrome extension, greatly facilitates apk conversion.

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