Asus to include BlueStacks Android app player on its PCs

Back in October, a company called BlueStacks launched a beta version of its software that allowed a number of apps made for Google's Android OS to run on Windows PCs. Today, a deal was announced that will give BlueStacks an even bigger slice of the PC pie.

News.com reports that Asus will begin to offer BlueStacks as part of the company's PC software lineup. Specifically, Asus will include BlueStacks in the asus@vibe service, which ships on all of Asus' PCs. Existing Asus PC owners with the Asus@vibe platform can get access to BlueStacks starting today. New Asus PCs with BlueStacks already installed will begin shipment in September. This means that BlueStacks will be available on as many as 30 million PCs, representing a new audience for a lot of Android app developers.

The article states that Asus PC owners will be able to access BlueStacks and play hundreds of thousands of Android apps on their computers for free for six months. After that, just 50 of the top Android apps can be played for free on BlueStacks. Asus owners will then have an option to pay a subscription fee to regain access to all of the Android apps. Pricing for this subscription has yet to be revealed.

Source: News.com

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.Neo said,
Just what the PC market needs: More trial/shareware software preinstalled on computers.

Amen to that.. one of the many reasons why I either build it myself or nuke the drives when unboxed. Wayyyy too much trialware and other crap preinstalled. This program sounds interesting and all if Android's your thing.. but keep the trialware to yourself thanks.

.Neo said,
Just what the PC market needs: More trial/shareware software preinstalled on computers.

Trialware doesn't sound like an appropriate word for what they're describing. You aren't getting a six-month trial of the application so much as a six-month trial of a service that includes free access to all of those Android applications. If the library includes pay apps, then what you're seeing is an ecosystem-wide subscription model, which is (I believe) unprecedented in this market.

Complaining about this would be like complaining about a free month of Netflix with a Roku purchase.

It'd have to be really cheap, otherwise it's easier for me to pickup a $50 phone and use the apps for free...

I think it's awesome that this direction is being explored, and that we have options to access the Android ecosystem without relying on a platform that struggles to care about its devices for more than six months.

Let us play with the apps directly in a modular way on a platform that isn't under the thumb of vendors and carriers, and who knows what may come next.

Joshie said,
I think it's awesome that this direction is being explored, and that we have options to access the Android ecosystem without relying on a platform that struggles to care about its devices for more than six months.

Let us play with the apps directly in a modular way on a platform that isn't under the thumb of vendors and carriers, and who knows what may come next.


Joshie said,
I think it's awesome that this direction is being explored, and that we have options to access the Android ecosystem without relying on a platform that struggles to care about its devices for more than six months.

Let us play with the apps directly in a modular way on a platform that isn't under the thumb of vendors and carriers, and who knows what may come next.

I have a non-nexus android which came out October 2010 and I'm still getting major android updates.