Run Android Apps on Ubuntu.

Run Android Apps on any Linux Distro without any Virtual Workaround

The popular technique of creating Virtual Device and using Android SDK doesn’t appeal to many. So here’s a workaround which might not be as geeky as the former.

Update: A lot of people have been successful at first attempt, some at second and some have been unsuccessful throughout. No reason known. Also, BlueStacks has been dubbed as “trash” by Wine Req.

Prerequisites: Wine.

Just as mentioned earlier, you need to have Wine installed on your Ubuntu. Open the Ubuntu Software Centre and search for Wine and install it.

Step 1: Download BlueStacks for Windows which is an .exe file. Proceed to the properties of the downloaded file and check the Allow executing file as Program .

Step 2: Proceed to Configure Wine from Unity Search. By default, wine will act like Windows XP, but users can change this to all or almost any Windows version. The next tab over is used for configuring DLL files. The “Graphics” tab controls the look of the Windows applications. The “Desktop Integration” tab allows users to change the theme of Windows applications. The controls under this tab also allow users to configure folder locations. This means when Windows applications need to place data in the documents folder, users can choose what folder will be the Windows document folder. Next, the “Drives” tab contains options for the Windows drives. Users can control what directory will behave like drive C.The “Audio” is for audio. Finally, the last tab, “About”, contains the license and version information for wine. At the bottom of the window, users can type the owner and company of wine like they would for a Windows system. Once all of the settings have been configured, press “Apply” and exit the program

Step 3: Return to the .exe file and right click and choose to install using Wine. Proceed to the installation step and keep in mind that now you are installing something on Windows. After the installation is completed you must see BlueStacks in Unity Dash.

Step 4: Download your required APK and open BlueStacks. Set up the app player as per your needs and then install the APK.
Voila, now you can install and run any Android App on Ubuntu. And this technique is universal, i.e. it will work for any other Linux Distribution.

This technique, thus saves you a lot of time and is probably the best for those who just want to install apps like Whatsapp, though users can install games too. Personally, I found games like Jetpack Joyride more enjoyable on this set up.

Chrome OS: On your Desktop.

Get the features of Chrome OS.

Google’s Chrome OS uses Web Apps extensively, and most of the features of OS come from them. Many people adore the idea and concept of Chrome OS. Though web apps are just links to specific sites, with some more feature set, we prefer to use them over the standard browser-surfing procedure. They are self updated, accessible to any one, small in size and the users do not need to have special privileges. Making web apps is quite simple, be it any OS. What you actually require is the popular browser from Google: Chrome or Chromium.

Chrome Web store app

Chrome Web Store App on Ubuntu.

Just visit the Chrome Web Store and install any web app you desire. After having it installed, visit the New Tab page of Chrome.

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Right Click on the App icon and select Create Shortcuts. A pop up window appears asking you to create what type of shortcut you prefer. Check the Applications Menu option to make sure that your formerly-only-chrome-app is now installed into your system.

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This trick works on any platform. But for those Geeks who use Ubuntu, there’s even a better technique. Simply install Fogger. Fogger lets Ubuntu users quickly create and run websites, services and utilities in a dedicated, WebKit-based window on the desktop. The biggest +1 over standard method is the desktop integration with unity like desktop notifications, unread message count on launcher icon. Note that Fogger is available only on Ubuntu 12.04.

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Fogger Apps on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Mac users can use Fluid. Fluid lets you create a Real Mac App (or “Fluid App”) out of any website or web application, effectively turning your favorite web apps into OS X desktop apps.Creating a Fluid App out of your favorite website is simple. Enter the website’s URL, provide a name, and optionally choose an icon. Click “Create”, and within seconds your chosen website has a permanent home on your Mac as a real Mac application that appears in your Dock.

Windows users can go with AllMyApps. Just liked above apps, it integrates your web apps into the system, thus, enabling notifications.

The sad part with the above three OS-specific softwares is that you need to install the respective software and make your apps. if you just want any single or simple web app, the first technique is indeed the best.

If you like to keep your desktop clean, make sure you download Chrome OS Wallpapers and add these Web Apps to your Desktop. Ubuntu users can check out my theme posts and install the one that suites their choice. Windows users need to set the Aero color to complete white and set the web apps in the App Tray.

Thus, you can transform your desktop into a well-built app ecosystem, like you have on mobile devices these days. And the ones who loved the concept of ChromeOS can implement it to maintain the former OS and functionality.

Read ahead only if you love Chrome OS and use Windows.

Google has added the Chrome OS styled launcher to the developer version of Chrome for Windows. It organizes apps into a tray and can access the Chrome Apps directly from desktop. This procedure is even simpler than the first method. Try out the Chrome Dev Channel if you want to test the feature.

Designing your Unity.

Ubuntu is an Open Source OS based on Debain Linux. Linux, as you all think is meant for geeks, but the fact is, that it isn’t. It’s just like any other popular OS available but much stable, and Hardware efficient. Just like Android, developers and average users can tweak it, in looks and functionality. Such […]