Google Pixel have been the first smartphones produced completely under the umbrella of the search engine. They have been the confirmation that Google has entered the smartphone market. Behind is the beloved Nexus range that has served to mature Android to the point that is today. Pixel 2 is in the oven and new news is coming up.

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Pixel 2: Technical specifications and features

Google wants to keep the Pixel as the stars in the Android firmament. Of course, to live up to the new high-end, everything points out that the new Pixel will have the Snapdragon 835. This processor further improves the features offered by the 821 and doubles the number of cores.

The latest news also point to three new devices. Two of the key names had already leaked previously (Muskie and Walleye), but now we know a third name Taimen. This name has appeared in one of the web of the Android Open Source Project where the engineers of Googole solve bugs:

Git_master / aosp_muskie-userdebug git_master / aosp_walleye-userdebug git_master / marlin-userdebug git_master / muskie-userdebug git_master / sailfish-userdebug git_master / osp_arm64-eng osp-master / Taimen-userdebug git_master / walleye-userdebug. “

Muskie would refer to the larger version, because this fish is larger than the Walleye, which would correspond with the smaller Pixel. Taimen is supposed to be a third smartphone but the possibilities are not closed to be the second Pixel C.

According to other rumors it is spoken that the Pixel 2 could be water resistant and that also would not bring headphone jack. The information was leaked through 9to5Google, who claims to have seen it mentioned in an internal Google document, which (obviously) can not be made public.


Pixel 2: Release DateDuring MWC 2017 we had the opportunity to talk to Rick Osterloh (formerly Motorola Director and currently Director of Google’s Hardware Department) to ask about Pixel successors and when they will arrive. Of course his statements were quite forceful.

“In the smartphone industry, the common thing is an annual rhythm, so you can say that we are guided by it. […] You can count on a successor this year, even if I do not give you a date Concrete “. So we hope to see the new Pixel 2 find by September. With regard to how they will be the new devices of Google Osterloh concrete: “Pixel will remain Premium” This was also quite clear. The Pixel has not been an experiment, but a new line of smartphones that awaits a long trajectory.

I finally waved Osterloh to the entire AndroidPIT community, and he kindly agreed. So from here Rick Osterloh sends you memories.

Anbox, New Software To Run Android Apps on Ubuntu

Anbox, New Software To Run Android Apps on Ubuntu

Mobile applications are becoming more popular and there is probably some that we want to use on our PC with Ubuntu. There are different emulators, like ARC Welder via Chrome, but these emulators are by no means perfect software. That perfection when running Android applications on Linux is what the Anbox project looks for, which I would describe as a Remix OS Player for computers running Linux operating system.


Why do I compare it with Remix OS Player? Jide’s “Android player” allows us to install Android inside Windows in a virtual machine from which we can not see an entire operating system, but only the windows of the applications, something we can also do with VMware Workstation (if my memory I do not play a bad trick). That is what promises to allow Anbox: we will install a software and within it. we will be able to install Android applications that will run in its own window inside Linux. Sounds good, does not it?

But before you start dancing and ringing the bells, you have to keep some things in mind: as they tell you on the official website of the project:


NOTICE: Before you go ahead and install Anbox on your system, please keep in mind that Anbox is now in the ALFA phase. It is assumed that not all functions will work or work well yet. You will find fault, you will see closures and unexpected problems. If it happens to you, please report the bug here.


Personally, I think the above warning only means that we do not use the software doing important tasks because we could lose our work, but we can try using all kinds of applications, such as games or Apple Music, something that many Linux users want to use For months and have not succeeded.


How to install Anbox on Ubuntu

It is said that, at this time, Anbox only works on Ubuntu, but probably this information is outdated if we consider that Fedora has just included support for Snap packages. In any case, the command to install this software on any supported system (which we now say is only Ubuntu Desktop), would be as follows:


1. Sudo snap install –classic anbox-installer & anbox-installer

The program weighs just over 78MB, so the download will last a few seconds. To perform the installation, we will have to intervene at some point:


First, we will have to choose between option 1 or 2 to install or uninstall Anbox. As we want to install it, we choose the option 1 + Enter.

Next, we have to type “I AGREE” (without the quotation marks, it means “I accept”) and press Enter to continue with the installation.

Install Anbox

We wait. This takes longer than the download of the software.

After the installation is complete, restart the computer. Otherwise, applications will not work.

NOTE: We will have created a new unit of, in my case, 326MB.


The bad thing is that being the software at an early stage, there is still no easy way to run Anbox and its applications. You could say that at the moment the software is at a point where only the most expert can make it work. To start, to install the applications you have to do it via Android Debug Bridge (adb), for which you have information on this link. On the other hand, and this I do not have 100% clear if it is normal to have no application installed, Anbox closes seconds after launching it in Ubuntu 16.10.


In any case, it seems that Anbox is a very interesting project and I am convinced that in a matter of months we will be able to run Android applications on Linux (not only in Ubuntu) perfectly after performing a simpler installation, as we can see in The previous video. And one more thing: this project also pretends that users of Ubuntu Phone can use Android applications, which seems more important because it would allow us, for example, to use WhatsApp in the phones that use the mobile operating system developed by Canonical.


I hope this project goes forward. There is some Android app that I have long wanted to use in Ubuntu.