Waydroid, Anbox’s more well-developed cousin is out now and being added to many distros official repositories slowly.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely familiar with what Waydroid is, but it’s essentially LinageOS, a de-googled android image based on AOSP, in a container.
While this sounds very similar to preexisting solutions like Anbox, Waydroid has some new tricks up its sleeve, such as full android app-integration into the standard Phosh / Plasma launcher! (A must in my humble opinion if we hope to convert Android / iOS users who rely on certain applications like banking apps and bus-fare apps which may never see a Linux release)*
- Correction, Waydroid does *not* yet integrate into Phosh on all DE’s
Step 1) Uninstall anbox/ install prereqs:
sudo pacman -S lxc
sudo pacman -R anbox-image-aarch64
sudo pacman -R anbox
2) Install waydroid
sudo pamac install waydroid
This will take quite awhile to finish, be patient.
3) Edit boot.txt
sudo nano boot.txt
navigate the cursor to right after ‘loglevel=4’ and copy-paste:
Make sure there is one space between ‘loglevel=4’, and this command, and one space after the new line. Do not create this as a new line; This was the cause of a lot of headache for me.
still in /boot, run
4) Start it!
The terminal will spit out a lot of what appear to be errors, but it’s fine.
On first-boot, Waydroid may take up to ten minutes to fully boot. This is normal and will likely improve with time.
And yeah, that’s it everyone! I hope y’all found this guide helpful! sorry for the lack of pictures this time round, I didn’t think of it till after the fact sadly.
Edit: you may (probably) have to restart Waydroid a few times till you get a smooth boot: