Open Ubuntu Touch to all Android applications !
We're pleased to give you some fresh updates on the Anbox-Halium development over the past 2 weeks!
First of all, the name of the project has changed, but the objectives remains more than ever intact:
Anbox- Halium is now called WayDroid, this is to avoid confusion with the "old Anbox" service.
It is a compression of the words "Wayland" and "Android", the system allowing to run a LineageOS container on an Android base in the Wayland environment.
The new naming was chosen via a large community survey.
Also, a few technical improvements have been achieved:
- Make sure anbox-sensord is started anyway
- Use iptables-legacy incase it found
- Provide powervr GPU dependencies
Erfan, helped by a few developers, is continuing to improve the main server.
We are all very excited to test this service. For the more adventurous, a Telegram group is available to guide you through the installation:
The repos are hosted here:
For end users, it is best to wait until a successful installation program is available.
It is also advisable to wait for the publication of some patches from the core team, especially in the wayland environment to avoid a risk of system instability.
Nevertheless, the first feedback from alpha testers is very encouraging!
We take this opportunity to thank Erfan and his contributors for his work as well as the UBports foundation for its encouragement.
Thanks to help us to continuing this great project by supporting our campaign:
See you soon for more news and updates!
Rudi and Steve
today I catch a "bug" with anbox in redmi note 7 devices,
I installed the WhatsApp app and then running it the anbox freezes and the UT stay crashed, getting a reboot loop.
Did whats happen with Whatsapp for the serious crash?
Unfortunately, I don't get the log of the bug
We have an exciting update to share with you tonight:
A fresh new article from the press about WayDroid has been released yesterday.
Indeed, Linuxsmartphones.com echoes this project in an article published yesterday:
We are delighted to see that this event has gone beyond the small circle of our community, and is starting generating some interest from independent media.
At the same time, a lot of work is currently underway on the server.
Please continue to support the development of WayDroid by supporting our campaign:
See you soon for news and updates!
Rudi and Steve
After the Great unexpected success of our fundraising campaign to allow the creation of this project, it is time for us to put an end to this support drive.
Indeed, on the one hand the amount collected (8942 Euros) is sufficient to allow us to finish the development of WayDroid, and on the other hand the taxes, fees and campaign emoluments make it unprofitable to continue.
For this reason, we inform you that we are leaving the management of this project. The dedicated web page has been closed.
We would like to thank every donor for their indispensable support.
We are happy to have made this event possible and it is with a touch of emotion that we are stepping down...
The work continues.... As today Erfan is taking over the operational management of the program, and he will be the point person for your questions.
We invite you to join the official Telegram group of the project: https://t.me/anbox_halium
and we would be delighted if you would come and provide us with regular updates on the progress of WayDroid.
Once again, thank you for your trust and support.
Goodbye and see you soon!
Rudi and Steve
@stanwood a very big Thank-you once more to all involved and for the way you have kept everyone updated about the project. A very good example of how things can be done.
@domubpkm I guess it is. I advise you to join the dedicated Telegram group and ask Erfan how you can support him in his work.
MaryCarr last edited by MaryCarr
Hi, I think what you are doing is good, I will definitely contribute, thanks for leaving the link!
There's also a new website: www.waydro.id but it mostly concerns Ubuntu and some other desktops distributions atm.
@stanwood what a shame to hear that you left the boat. The way that you have done this, guys, is just remarkable. Thanks
@udengoogle Oh I didn't. Project was strong enough to continue without the raising campaign.
@stanwood just for understand it a bit more. Is Ubuntu owning WayDroid?
@udengoogle Absolutly not. It's a community project, aiming to provide Android apps on Linux distributions in a more efficient way.
@udengoogle awesome . thanks for the start work
In order to help people to install WayDroid on their device, (enabling the use of Android apps in Ubuntu Touch), I've wrote a simple step by step installation guide & tips.
WayDroid is an LXC container implementing currently LineageOS 17.1 (Android 10) within desktop or mobile Linux distributions.
!!! Caution!! WayDroid is still in an early alpha development stage and runs only on some Halium 9 and up devices
Run WayDroid at your own risk!!!
At the moment, according to some users feedback, the compatible phones are the following: (Please feed and correct this list by sending your experience)
. Fairephone 3/3+
. JingPad A1/C1
. MI A2 (No WiFi if used with Google Apps)
. OnePlus 5/5T
. Pixel / Pixel XL
. Pixel 2 XL
. Pixel 3a
. Poco F1
. Redmi Note 7
. Redmi Note 7 Pro
. Redmi Note 9 Pro
. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
. Samsung Galaxy S10
. Pinephone (Unstable due to the immature porting of the device).
. Pixel 3a XL (Video playback doesn't work on WayDroid)
. Redmi 9 (No external storage)
. Redmi Note 9 S (Some UT apps are broken, see post https://forums.ubports.com/topic/7201/segmentation-fault-after-apt-upgrade-on-rw-system/10)
Working with manual steps:
. Redmi Note 8 Pro:
See details in https://t.me/waydroidonut (search Redmi Note 8 Pro, 24/12/2021 21h30 UTC)
. All Halium <9 devices
. Cosmo Communicator
. Lenovo Tab M10 X605F
. OnePlus6 T
. Pixel 2
. Redmi 7 (Onclite)
. Samsung S9+
. You tell me
WayDroid installation may cancel your Notch fix (if you have installed any). You will need to reinstall it afterward. But it should resist to most UBports OTA updates (No guarantee though)
As Google Play Store is currently unstable and buggy, we recommend to use Micro-G opensource Google's library implementation instead. (see below). Moreover, it offers a much better privacy than the standard Google frame services.
By now, around 80% of the Android apps should work correctly in WayDroid on UT. (see limitations and constraints below).
First, check that your device porting is built under Halium 9 or higher and has the appropriate kernel patches. The best choice for running WayDroid now is certainly the Vollaphone.
!!This method has been successfully tested on the Vollaphone!!
You can install WayDroid as follow: (Choose A or B variant)
A ) Easy installation:
Go in the OpenStore and install "WayDroid Helper" app:
From this app, find "WayDroid install" and run the automatic installation.
You can choose either a classic installation, or with Google Apps.
Note that Google Apps method has not be fully tested yet and may have some issues. (Please send your feedback)
If you have a Vollaphone, you will need to add the following command in the terminal app when the installation process is complete:
waydroid prop set persist.waydroid.height_padding 70
Then restart the device.
B ) Manual installation
#Open Ubuntu Touch terminal (or a shell session on your host computer) and run:
sudo -s sudo mount -o remount,rw / apt update apt install waydroid -y waydroid init
alternatively, to install Google Apps, replace the line
waydroid init -s GAPPS
#For Vollaphone, add:
waydroid prop set persist.waydroid.height_padding 70
Then restart device.
WayDroid is now installed on your device.
If you didn't choose the Google Apps installation variant, follow carefully the following instructions:
Click on the "WayDroid" icon and open the web browser. Now, from the WayDroid browser, navigate to F-Droid website: https://f-droid.org/ and install F-Droid app.
In F-Droid settings, enable all repositories.
Add Micro-G repo: https://microg.org/fdroid/repo
and, still from F-Droid store, search and install:
- microG Service Core
- Microg Services Framework Proxy
Open Micro-G app, go in Micro-G settings, check that the device is well registered, (self check-on), and enable and check everything you can. (all boxes should be activated).
Allow Google cloud services and notifications.
In the location module services, activate MozillaNlpBackend
Still in F-droid store, search and install "Aurora Store".
Now you will have 3 stores:
- OpenStore: Ubuntu Touch default store
- F-Droid: Android store giving access to thousands opensource apps (only opensource apps are available)
- Aurora Store: All Android Apps (similar to Google play store, but without Google frame services that are now replaced with Micro-G)
Then, open "WayDroid helper" app (https://open-store.io/app/waydroidhelper.aaronhafer) and hide all duplicate apps you don't need (calculator, contacts, calendar, camera, files, settings, gallery, etc...). Swipe right the app you want to hide and click on the "trash". To show it again, do the same but swipe left and click on "+".
Now you should be able to use both Ubuntu Touch and Android apps on your device.
To uninstall an application, use the store that has installed the app, but note that an issue avoid the icon to be erase from the app launcher.
So you might use the following workaround:
cd /home/phablet/.local/share/applications rm 'APPLICATION NAME'
To check if WayDroid is running well, run:
To upgrade WayDroid to a newer version run:
sudo waydroid upgrade
Other WayDroid commands are available in WayDroid helper app.
To activate the automatic rotation of Android applications, you can get the "Rotation Control" application. (Available in Aurora Store / Google Play Store):
Note that WayDroid and it's integration in Ubuntu Touch is still in an early alpha development stage and may be unstable.
Currently Direct WiFi and Bluetooth do not work in WayDroid, so you can't use applications to control IoT devices (ex: Irobot Home, Garmin JR connect, Smart watches, etc...), nor wireless printing services.
WayDroid does not yet support fingerprints reader, so you can not login to a bank account (or any secured app) using your fingerprints, but still able to connect using a standard password.
WayDroid seems to not support NFC yet.
WayDroid does NOT have access to Ubuntu Touch files and medias content. It's currently not possible to send medias stored in Ubuntu Touch using an Android app.
There's NO easy way to backup anything on WayDroid now. It's recommended to keep a copy of all files that you may store in WayDroid.
Sometimes, apps that have just been installed do not displayed on the app launcher, just wait a few minutes (sometimes few hours), or open it through Aurora Store.
(Reboot doesn't seem to fix the issue)
Apps are NOT automatically updated, please check regularly your stores to update them manually.
If WayDroid icon appears twice, just refresh the launcher by pulling it down et release it.
Open WayDroid app gives you access to the full LineageOS GUI. (including all notifications, Trebuchet app launcher, Lineage settings, etc...).
Note that you must open WayDroid app to access to your Android notifications, as they won't appear in Ubuntu Touch.
When you close an Android app, you will see a point at the bottom of the dock, don't mind, it disappears as soon as you open a standard UT app.
Possible issue in the default Ubuntu Touch music app:
If you select the "Titles" music category, when you scroll down the list, it goes back to the top by itself.
Impossible to reach the music titles at the bottom of the list.
Workaround: Stop the WayDroid container and try again.
(Defect found on Vollaphone, OTA-20 stable).
Known issue: When WayDroid is started, GPS does not work in Ubuntu Touch, even if WayDroid is stopped. Only way to use GPS in Ubuntu Touch is to reboot the device.
Follow the latest developments here:
Apart from that WayDroid works remarkably well. No critical bug has occurred.
To uninstall WayDroid, use the "uninstall WayDroid" option in WayDroid app.
Documentation & Support:
Official documentation is available at www.waydro.id
Telegram main WayDroid user group support: https://t.me/WayDroid
Telegram WayDroid on Ubuntu Touch user group: https://t.me/waydroidonut
Credit and thanks to Rudi Timmermans for his support.
@stanwood Thanks to you and @ruditimmer for this tutorial and its future enhancements. I wonder if it should not be put in a new thread dedicated called for example 'Waydroid in practice'.
In the meantime, what is the good FakeStore :
v 0.1.0 (latest) or v 0.0.2 (suggested) ?
@domubpkm I don't know yet if it's useful to open a (another) new thread as people risk to be lost in all WayDroid threads, but hope that maybe those information could be taken in UBports documentation (replacing, or supplement Anbox: https://docs.ubports.com/en/latest/userguide/dailyuse/anbox.html)
For the fakestore, I would take the latest...
@stanwood Would it help if we had a Waydroid specific section under support like we do noe for Libertine. I think it would be good idea and we could move the existing threads and posts into it.