Canonical’s Anbox Cloud puts Android in the cloud

Joanna Estrada
January 23, 2020

By providing developers with the ability to offload compute, storage and energy-intensive applications from x86 and Arm devices to the cloud, end users can can consume advanced workloads by streaming them directly to their device.

United Kingdom computer software company Canonical has announced the release of Anbox Cloud.

Canonical is advertising Anbox Cloud for enterprises wanting to distribute Android-based applications from the cloud. "Companies are now enabled to offer high performance and high density computing to any device remotely, with reduced energy consumption and economically".

"Canonical's inclusion of the Intel Visual Cloud Accelerator Card - Render as part of their newly launched Anbox Cloud solution will enable the delivery of enhanced cloud and mobile gaming experiences on Android devices, supporting an emerging industry opportunity today, and for the upcoming 5G era", commented Lynn Comp, Vice President of Data Platforms Group and General Manager of the Visual Cloud Division at Intel.

Anbox Cloud can support gaming with the necessary graphics support and related infrastructure. It's similar to Google LLC's new cloud video game streaming service Stadia in that it does away with the need to download the game onto the device.

Canonical is also pitching Anbox Cloud as a way for developers to emulate "thousands of Android devices" across various test scenarios and to integrate their apps into continuous integration/continuous development or CI/CD pipelines.

Anbox Cloud can be hosted in the public cloud for infinite capacity, high reliability and elasticity or on a private cloud edge infrastructure, where low latency and data privacy are priorities. Canonical already offers many products for enterprise customers, from a lightweight OS for Internet-of-Things devices to cloud-based containers, and now it's working on a way to stream Android apps and games from the cloud.

Anbox Cloud can run in the public cloud, though Canonical is specifically partnering with edge computing specialist Packet to host it on the edge or on-premise.

"Anbox Cloud is used by mobile telco service providers that want to offer value added services on top of 5G or LTE networks". He said LXD was a more efficient way of virtualization because it has a lower overhead compared to virtual machines-thanks to a shared Linux Kernel.

Anbox Cloud is scalable and is created to work on x86 and ARM-based architectures while adding support.

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