Apkenv – Run “some” android apps in Harmattan & Fremantle

| October 22, 2012 | 1 Reply

First we heard that there would be app compatibility layers for Harmattan. Then Nitdroid came along, and like it did on the N900, it gave us a near-complete version of Android to use on our N9/50s. Well, now we have a compatibility layer of sorts, that allows you to run a very small number of android apks. This is thanks to the great work of thp.

Check out this quick video demo on an N900:

My Nokia Blog, its bloggers, nor thp, condone the use of illegally obtained apks. This is simple a proof of concept app. If you would wish to try it out, here’s how.

gain root access in terminal (or via ssh)


for harmattan:  apt-get install libsdl1.2 libsdl-mixer1.2 libgles1-sgx-img

for fremantle:  apt-get install  libsdl1.2 libsdl-mixer1.2 libgles1-sgx-img libsdl-gles1.2-1

copy the appropriate binary to /home/user/apkenv and rename it to apkenv (the folder won’t exist so create it)

copy these files to /home/user/apkenv as well

To use apkenv, you will need to use terminal and run this command

./apkenv /path/to/application.apk

Remember, not all apks work.

Here is the Wiki page, with links to separate subpages detailing tested apks by the community, as well troubleshooting info.

Update: The files have been moved for some reason. Get them from my dropbox here




Category: Maemo, Maemo, MeeGo, N9 Hacks, N9Apps, Nokia, Nseries, Video

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Hi! My name is Michael. Like the others, I'm also a Student, living here in Sydney. I have a real passion for the latest technology and I'm a real Nokia buff! My aim is to keep those of you, like myself, updated with the latest in what's going on in the Nokia World. Currently sporting N9 & Lumia 820, with other Nokia devices in my posession. Get in touch on Twitter via @MFaroTusino, Google Plus or even simply drop me an email at mike.mnb[at] or tips[at]
  • oguz

    hi. so files are missing and your own link is not working!