Industry leaders such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud have made it possible to run Windows 10 and Linux-based open source operating systems on the cloud.
This functionality has helped many startups and enterprises flourish their businesses without setting up an infrastructure of their own and get the benefit of open source technologies.
A new entrant in town is Canonical, the mind behind Ubuntu Linux distribution, which has come up with a new offering called Anbox Cloud.
As the name says, it’s a platform that allows full-blown Android OS packed inside a container to run in the cloud. It is built on top of the existing Anbox platform that has been in existence since 2017.
Putting Android inside a container is similar to how Google is making Android apps compatible with Chrome OS. Also, not just the cloud or PCs, in the past Canonical has tested Anbox to work on mobile devices as well.
What can you do with Anbox Cloud?
The containerized Android will be used to run Android apps on any GNU/Linux-based distribution. Although, right now, Anbox is supported on the Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) and Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic).
Anbox Cloud is scalable and is designed to work on x86 and ARM-based architectures while adding support. Putting the setup on the cloud means Canonical will provide commercial support as well.
As far as use cases are concerned, the primary focus includes enterprise workflows, mobile device virtualizations, and application testing. App testers will be able to emulate thousands of different Android devices simultaneously.
But the Ubuntu-maker also has plans to promote Anbox Cloud as a platform for game streaming as well. Canonical says Anbox Cloud can enable the much-needed graphics performance, responsiveness, and ultra-low latency that’s essential for smooth gameplays.
For now, there still exists a significant gap between the performance that can be achieved on the cloud and on the smartphone locally.
via Tech Crunch