In this post we will talk about how to run, or rather decapitate (RAE joke) an Android application (or apk) in Linux. For this post there are going to be different methods and so that you don't waste time reading, the most useful is to buy a mobile (or cell phone as they say in more developed land than Spain) with Android or Cyanogen like me.
And it is that having apps in Linux is very geek and curious but without lies, the most useful thing is to install them in native, I use an app stably I use it in my One Plus One (OnePlus One), but to fiddle with this a little post comes in handy.
First form: arChon
And it is that it is behind native and Android x86, this is the best option since it is the one that best emulates and has more functional apps.
To use it we need Google Chrome or Chromium (very clear browser racism, because Firefox has red hair, it can no longer support large apps or what?), Since arChon depends on this.
When we have it, we will download the file of this page, that adapts to our Chrome, you already know if it is from Pikachu or Charizan :), jokes aside, you must choose the 64-bit architecture or another, if you do not know which is, go to
Then we unpack or extract it and then we go to Google Chrome (or Chromium), Options> Extensions and activate developer options and select the unzipped folder; A photo is worth a thousand words 😛
Now we will download another app, which is Twerk and no, there are no hot girls in bikini twerking, although it wouldn't be bad ... Going back to the post, we downloaded the app (from Google Chrome), from here!, and we open it. This app converts apk into apps for arChon and now you will surely have the doubt: Where do we get the apk's? Well, my friends we got them thanks to Apk downloader, I warn textually "Apps don't always download or work"
To download with Apk downloader We copy the link of the app (from Google Play) that we want and we paste it in the search engine, we give Generate Link (or the Enter key), Download and download. In my example I will use the Appy Geek app all the time.
After we open Twerk, we drag the apk to the Drag and Drop, we click on the pink Android and save the folder in a place we want.
Then we go to the extensions part, we make sure that we have the developer option activated, and we give it to load the unzipped extension, and we choose the folder that we have created, in my case com.mobilesrepublic.appygeek.
We give Start and voila, we already have the app working. Warning, not all of them work but you have a good chance that it will.
Second form: ARC Welder
This way is much easier, since we only have to download the apk, remembering from Apk Downloader, download the Arc Welder application from the Chrome App Store (in this link) and we open the Arc Welder app, we click Choose, we choose where the apks are to be saved, I have chosen Desktop, then we choose the apk and we click Launch app. As always it can work, or not, it has magically worked for me, again!
Bonus: VirtualBox + Android x86
Here is a bonus, and that is that this is the option with more compatibility and what, it is Android itself but I can assure you sometimes that it is much better to use Arc Welder or arChon, than to use a virtual machine (eye, I say virtual machine, which doesn't work very well, but it works very well in native) but even so it is still an option with many more compatible apps and moderately functional (I say this because it has not worked very well for me) and well to finish this part I leave you with a video of Installation and review.
Well friends, this has been the whole post today, I hope that as always you have liked and served.