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Canonical Announces Anbox Cloud, Ubuntu-Powered Scalable Android in the Cloud

Meet Anbox Cloud, a new platform developed by Canonical to conternize Android workloads as a guest operating system for the distribution of Android mobile apps at a scale directly from a cloud provider. As its name implies, Anbox Cloud is based on the Anbox technology, a free and open-source compatibility layer that allows Android apps to run on GNU/Linux distributions. Based on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS kernel, Anbox Cloud takes advantage of Canonical’s secure and isolated LXD system containers to offer a more lightweight alternative to emulating Android in virtual machines. Anbox Cloud also uses Canonical’s MAAS (Metal as a Service) for remote infrastructure provisioning and Juju for easy deployment and management at reduced operational costs.