Android apps on Windows 8 get the green light with BlueStacks

One of the constant complaints about Windows 8 is the lack of applications in the Store from big name brands such as Twitter and Facebook. If you happen to be deeply invested in the Android ecosystem and want to bring some of those apps to Windows 8, BlueStacks is ready and waiting for you to download their software.

BlueStacks has been working on its Windows 8 product for quite some time and is finally ready to kick the goods out into the open with the announcement that BlueStacks is out of beta and is optimized for the Surface Pro.

When running on the Pro, you will be able to take advantage of the systems built in sensors and be able to go full-screen as well.

The service will fill a niche gap for users who require certain Android applications on their Windows 8 device. Although, we do suspect that as the install base of Windows 8 becomes larger, services like BlueStack and their value proposition will quickly decline. 

Hit up the source link to be able to download the software to get your Android apps up and running on Windows 8.

Source: BlueStacks

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In my setup with multiple monitors the full screen mode doesn't work properly. I only get updates to the screen when I click off the app and it loses focus momentarily before it grabs it back. It seems to work well in windowed mode though.

I can't get this to work on my Surface Pro. I just a get a buggy, laggy, "app store" that I can't even tap on anything.

So this is wine for windows 8 that happens to run buggy android apps no thanks . Why would you ever want to install a android Linux based app inside windows ?

TurboShrimp said,
So this is wine for windows 8 that happens to run buggy android apps no thanks . Why would you ever want to install a android Linux based app inside windows ?

Most people wouldn't; however, they are sandboxed inside the Application so that they shouldn't be able to cause problems, except fighting with other Android Apps. (In theory at least.)

Isn't Bluestacks just running Android in a virtualization environment?

I'm hoping the Socketeq approach to running things natively would take off. It looks to me like it will probably end up being abandoned though. I mean there is hardly any info or talk coming out of the guy behind it and the website reeks of side project.

What are the processor requirements? Will it run on an Atom tablet? I tried the last beta and it didn't seem to do anything except bring up that on screen menu.

FalseAgent said,
Aren't most Android apps not tablet-optimized?

Indeed, you will find about 1% even support the resolution because it is too much hassle to scale.

Umm if I want lagdroid I'd get one of those mediocre devices, no thanks. Seems pointless to open an emulator to launch an app. Stick with windows apps - they work better and aren't full of ads like lagdroid.

So don't get BlueStacks. Simple. I'm also guessing you've only used ancient version of Android too. Seeing as I have adblock installed on my Nexus 4 I have no ads, none in websites and none inside apps. None of this lag you speak of either.

Edited by McKay, Feb 12 2013, 8:22pm :

pgxl said,
Umm if I want lagdroid I'd get one of those mediocre devices, no thanks. Seems pointless to open an emulator to launch an app. Stick with windows apps - they work better and aren't full of ads like lagdroid.

"Stick with windows apps" LMFAO -- if only there were any.

pgxl said,
Umm if I want lagdroid I'd get one of those mediocre devices, no thanks. Seems pointless to open an emulator to launch an app. Stick with windows apps - they work better and aren't full of ads like lagdroid.

Guess you choose to ignore all the ads Microsoft loads into their own apps, right?

Darrah Ford said,

"Stick with windows apps" LMFAO -- if only there were any.

Despite the 'App' craze, there are still more Windows Applications than Apps for Android or iOS. When you can run Photoshop or Corel Painter on Android or iOS, get back to me, k?

pgxl said,
Umm if I want lagdroid I'd get one of those mediocre devices, no thanks. Seems pointless to open an emulator to launch an app. Stick with windows apps - they work better and aren't full of ads like lagdroid.

Don't be such a child. Virtual machines and emulation are some of the most interesting technologies still evolving today, and dismissing an implementation out of nothing but your own personal, ill informed bias only serves to show off the fact that you are no technology enthusiast.

Your shortsighted and negative attitude is self-defeating. Even if nothing will ever change your apparent hatred for Android, you could at least wear some small amount of thoughtfulness and realize support for Android applications in Windows makes Windows that much more compelling and Android that much less uniquely useful. Much like a Macbook offers the simplest access to the highest number of desktop OSes, Windows will offer the simplest access to the highest number of applications.

If you're going to insist on having less perspective than a YouTube comment, there's nothing anyone can do for you, but I'm going to make sure you're painted as what you are: a snot-faced toddler.

McKay said,
What is performance like emulating these Apps?

The video certainly makes it look good

I'm guessing that a desktop with quad / dual core Intel would overcome any performace drops due to emulation. Hoping so, at least.

There are certainly a few Android apps that I use, that I would like on my desktop.

My bank for one has a quick login on its mobile app, that isn't available on the website.